More and more people dealing with breast cancer are turning to a well-known charity for help getting the life-saving treatments they need.
For 40 years, the Susan G. Komen organization has helped men and women fight breast cancer by providing financial assistance for everything from treatments to transportation needs.
And this year, that help is needed more than ever, according to the organization's executive director in Chicago, Beth Carona.
“We are definitely seeing an uptick from underrepresented populations,” she tells WBBM Newsradio. “At the current rate we’re at, the demand for financial assistance will increase by 81% this year.”
The additional demand is placing a strain on Komen, Carona said.
“We estimate needing another $2.6 million in funding to be able to meet the demand and help keep people in treatment,” she said.