Hope Walk offers aid grants in Yates

Hope Walk of Yates County, the local fundraising organization dedicated to helping cancer patients receive treatment, is now offering annual grants for residents of Yates County who are undergoing treatment.

The HWYC Board, Dawn & Marty Shipman, Pat Moravec, and Ron Miller, say that 23 grants have been given out on a case-by-case, trial basis over the past few months, but now with the process worked out, HWYC is prepared to accept applications openly.

The only requirements for application are proof of residency in Yates County, certificate of diagnosis from whatever cancer center is providing treatment, or a waiver to contact the treating physician.

The HWYC grants of up to $500 annually may be used to defray transportation costs, copays, meals, or any other need of the patient or family. Dawn Shipman, herself a 5-year survivor of breast cancer, knows full well how quickly those costs can add up with multiple treatments per week and the volatile prices of gasoline.

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