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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 serves a lot of local breast cancer patients from cancer center referrals. We also advertise when we are able to.  The organization is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization serving the public interest of helping people with a breast cancer diagnosis of any age in  financial distress. They are licensed by the federal and two state governments. 

The mission is achieved in several ways: 

This is from the current designated application (2015-2016).

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. Patients are asked to apply for community care help their cancer center or hospital second after insurance payments. After this they are asked to apply to Circle of Hope.

Breast Cancer Treatment bills include breast cancer surgery, oncology/chemo, radiation, dental work (related to chemo), lymph edema expenses and prescription loophole drug coverage. 

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.  This organization follows H.I.P.P.A. policies, adheres to patient privacy and pays directly to providers for breast cancer treatment services.

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.

2. Circle of Hope has set up designated funds for paying daily living bills to help breast cancer patients with rent/mortgage, utilities, food and gas cards. Donors designate where they want the money given spent. If cancer centers offer grocery and gas cards for appointments or a special diet allowance, then Circle of Hope does not pay for these services. If the cancer centers do not pay for daily living expenses related to gas or groceries, the organization may pay for these items. 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. The patient must send copies of the bills to Circle of Hope.  Circle of Hope does not pay for other services.

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.  

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. Gynecological patients may participate as well as supporters. Circle of Hope has a resource library of materials, books, and CD's.

Circle of Support at this time is a personalized 1 on 1 conferences,  Call anytime to discuss an issue.  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 or e-mail: They also recommend the online website in which they are a member:

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 breast 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. Check out their website at:

4.Circle of Hope also collects money for local metastatic breast cancer research at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

Circle of Hope is exclusively educational and charitable.

Other Help:

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.

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.

The following has our old address:

(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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