When David and Lynda Charles started Help the Fight in 2009, their fundraising efforts focused on bake sales. Now 10 years later, the non-profit organization has raised over $800,000 to support breast cancer patients.
Help the Fight recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary at an Annual Benefit, Banquet and Live Action fundraising event at Spooky Nook in Lancaster. Some of the funds from this event, and several others that Help the Fight hosts, are distributed by the Lancaster General Health Foundation to support patients at the LG Health Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute and the Suzanne H. Arnold Center for Breast Health.
To date, Help the Fight has distributed nearly $200,000 in patient support funding to LG Health patients.
“Our contributions provide supportive funding for patients diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Lynda Charles, Help the Fight founder. “We appreciate the partnership with LG Health, as this type of support, also called gap funding, helps patients with their daily living essentials such as personal and household bills, daycare and much more.”
The funding is also available for patients that need necessary screening process for early detection, as early detection is the key to the survival of breast cancer, Charles added. Financial counselors at the Cancer Institute and the Breast Center help connect grants to patients that are underinsured or uninsured.
The Charles’ started Help the Fight after they saw family members and coworkers financially struggle with personal and household bills while on their cancer journeys. Ten years after they started the organization, they continue to hold an annual fundraiser dinner that hosts over 600 people, as well as several smaller events throughout the year.
The Charles’ were recently recognized by the Central PA Association of Fundraising Professionals with the 2019 National Philanthropy Day Award as Volunteer Fundraisers of the Year.
Learn more at Help the Fight.