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Our Primary Mission:

Circle of Hope is located out of Duluth, MN and is an organization committed to serving breast cancer patients in northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin.  It is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization serving the public interest of helping people of any age in poverty and financial distress from a breast cancer diagnosis.

The mission is achieved in several ways: 

1. Circle of Hope pays breast cancer treatment bills from designated funds. (These are funds from fundraisers, third party fundraisers, small grants and designated donor money.) These payments are paid to the providers of the services and not to patients. The patient fills out paper work and a release of information. Billing must be verified.

2. Circle of Hope has set up funds for paying bills to help breast cancer patients with rent/mortgage, utilities, food and gas cards.The money from these account comes from donations, fundraisers, third party fundraisers and grants, as they are available. Businesses and donors designate how they want the money used. Gas and grocery cards are sent certified mail. Rent, a house payment, utility bills (lights or heat) are bills paid directly to the provider of the service by Circle of Hope. Circle of Hope does not pay for other services.

3. Circle of Hope is committed toward helping breast cancer patients by improving the quality of their lives. Feel good, sporting events, and educational activities are for all breast cancer patients.

Approved by the Board-5/12/14

Support Group: This group is on hold at the moment:Circle of Hope has a support group called "Circle of Support" which is for any breast cancer survivor and/or gynecological patient. Supporters will be included if there is room if confidential matters are not being discussed.  Gynecological patients will be given help in this new start up initiative by being a part of the Circle of Support group and participating in various activities of their choosing.

Personalized 1 on 1 conferences: At this time, someone can meet with you on an individual basis. If you would like personalized time or 1 on 1 time to discuss any issue call, and we will set up a time that we can meet you. It maybe in the office or we can go out for coffee. We have a resource library of materials. Call our office at 1.218.464.1626.

A partnership of ours:abcd-after breast cancer diagnosis-the power of one-to-one, Take Your Breast Cancer Journey With Someone Who's Been "In Your Shoes."Call 1.414.977.1780 or 1.800.977.4121, You can get immediate support from beast cancer survivors, helpline mentors, be lined up with individualized matches from Match Mentors, and they can even connect you with more resources. This is a free service. Also check out their website at:

Circle of Hope is exclusively educational and charitable.

Approved by the Board on 7/2/12.

Breast Cancer Treatment bills include breast cancer surgery, oncology/chemo, radiation, dental work (related to chemo), lymph edema expenses and prescription loophole drug coverage. Payments are made to the providers of services. It is short term emergency help when other resources is not available.
Patients need to apply for help. Circle of Hope is often the last payee in the process. They help those in financial distress and poverty. There are income guidelines and criteria. 

There are a couple of ways patients can apply. A client can call and get the form mailed to them get them. Forms are available at their clinics/hospitals/cancer centers. 
To get a form sent call:  218.464.1626 (the office). Bills must be submitted with the application or sent in the mail with the Authorization For Use or Disclosure of Information Form. The forms need to be filled out by the patient as these are legal documents. 
How does the block grant treatment payment program work? Financial help will be given based on the application and meeting specific criteria from a grid developed from the application. Patients should always go through their clinics and hospitals to see what financial resources are available first. After this procedure, clients should contact Circle of Hope. This organization follows H.I.P.P.A. policies, adheres to patient privacy and pays directly to providers for breast cancer treatment services.

What are other resources that are available to breast cancer patients?
Other  resources include financial help with bills (rent/mortgage, utilities, gas cards. bus cards, and food cards). More money  is available in Minnesota.
If you would like to donate, let us know by sending your donation in the mail or adding a donation by credit card online. These applications will be available 
through clinics/hospitals, as there are specific people who need to fill out portions before the patient fills out his or her section.  Talk to an oncologist social worker or financial worker.

What are other ways a breast cancer patient can receive help? 
There are other services offered as well by Circle of Hope. If one does not qualify for financial help, the coordinator can point out the resources that are available locally, statewide and nationally to get the needed help.

What are " feel good social activities"? 
Some services may be achieved through our community support group called Circle of Support, telephone calls, one-to-one meetings or participation in inclusive group activities.
-Clients will need to fill out a simple form the first time they attend. 
-We are know including gynecological cancer patients along with breast cancer patients in our support group and activities.
-Circle of Hope has a resource library of materials, books, and CD's.

We have partnered with a few other organizations that can help breast cancer patients. One is: abcd after breast cancer diagnosis,
the power of one-to-one. This is the former Y-Me staff and the organization is located in Glendale, Wisconsin. Call and they will line you up 
with a trained mentor or companion with your same diagnosis to speak to about unanswered questions you may have. They want your calls and there is "the power of one-to-one." There is no cost. It is a non-profit as well. Call 1.414.977.1780 or toll free: 1.800.977.4121. Their website is:

Another partner we are recommending is the The Cancer Support Community, a global network of Education and Hope. This group has an online support group that is great. They are located out of Washington, D.C. Both of these agencies Peggy talked to in Texas and has written them. This is a free service.

What about gynecological patients?  to participate in activities, e-mail Peggy at:

Other charitable accounts can be set up as designated by the donor in upcoming years. Circle of Hope follows donor's wishes on naming accounts. You can donate money in memory or honor of for all the various holidays and special events.

(Only the following credit cards are accepted: Visa, Master Card and Discover. Donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.)

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