​The new Money Matters Online program at Wellspring offers free help to cancer patients to assist with income replacement and drug reimbursement options when you are too ill to work.

When you are diagnosed with cancer it can be hard to focus on your health when you are too busy worrying about your finances. The financial struggle that can accompany a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, especially when you consider that most cancer patients experience a drop in income.

This is where the Wellspring Money Matters program can help. It allows cancer patients who are too sick to work to meet with a professional Money Matters case manager for a confidential, one-on-one assessment, free of charge.

Stefanie S.* knows firsthand how cancer can affect your finances. A mother of two in her early forties, Stefanie was working part-time when she was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. With a new family to support and an exhausting treatment regimen that left her unable to work, Stefanie and her husband didn’t know how they would make ends meet.

A Wellspring Money Matters case manager informed Stefanie about Canada Pension Plan disability benefits and helped her to fast-track her application. Stefanie received her benefits within a single month. She also received a retroactive payment amounting to one year’s worth of benefits because of her delay in applying. The money helped Stefanie pay for childcare while she continued with her treatment.

Wellspring has now launched the Money Matters Online program to help even more people dealing with situations just like this. Available for cancer patients across Ontario, sessions are held over Zoom, a free and easy-to-use video conferencing software. This online platform will help Wellspring to better serve cancer patients with financial worries who are unable to visit a Wellspring centre in person.

People living with cancer can connect privately with a Money Matters case manager from the comfort and privacy of their own home and receive the same personable, warm and welcoming support that Wellspring is known for.

To find out more about this program, please visit Wellspring website »

*Not her real name

 

About Wellspring

Wellspring is a network of community based cancer support centres that offer programs, at no charge and without medical referral, to men, women and children living with cancer, and those who support them. All programming is evidence-based and led by experienced professionals.

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