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 Circle of Hope is a member of the Minnesota Better Business Bureau Association since January 7, 2016.
Circle of Hope, Non Profit Organizations General Membership, Duluth, MN


Circle of Hope has its financials on Guide Star: www.guidestar.org









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We provide: 


Emergency Breast Cancer Financial Help for Those Going Through
Treatment

Survivorship Skills and Engagement Activities for Patients, Survivors 
and Supporters

Education on Breast Health and Breast  and Gynecological Cancer 
Patients;  Provide Speakers; Put on Workshops and Boot Camp
 
Raise Money for Local Metastatic Breast Cancer Research
-University of Minnesota Duluth Medical School
  

 


Circle of Hope is a Guide Star member and has the highest level. 
They  have completed all levels at 100%.


Contract Info:

Call: 218-464-1626, ask for Peggy ; Hours: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 pm. (M-F )

Areas Served are based on available financial resources from donors. They are 
highlighted when available. 

Minnesota: AITKIN (MN), BECKER (MN), BELTRAMI (MN), CARLTON (MN), CASS (MN), CLAY 
(MN), CLEARWATER (MN), COOK (MN), CROW WING (MN), HUBBARD (MN), ITASCA (MN), 
KITTSON (MN), KOOCHICHING (MN), LAKE OF THE WOODS (MN), MAHNOMEN (MN), 
MARSHALL (MN), NORMAN (MN), OTTER TAIL (MN), PENNINGTON (MN), POLK (MN), 
RED LAKE (MN), ROSEAU (MN), Southern SAINT LOUIS (MN), WADENA (MN), WILKIN (MN).
*There is no money available for greater MN other than what is listed in black at this time. 
There may be funds at the end of the year or the lst part of January 2019.

Wisconsin: ASHLAND (WI), BARRON (WI), BAYFIELD (WI), BURNETT (WI), CHIPPEWA (WI), 
DOOR (WI), DOUGLAS (WI), DUNN (WI), EAU CLAIRE (WI), FLORENCE (WI), FOREST (WI), 
IRON (WI), LANGLADE (WI), LINCOLN (WI), MARATHON (WI), MARINETTE (WI), OCONTO (WI),
ONEIDA (WI), PIERCE (WI), POLK (WI), PRICE (WI), RUSK (WI), SAINT CROIX (WI), SAWYER 
(WI), SHAWANO (WI), TAYLOR (WI), VILAS (WI), WASHBURN (WI)
*Also: Marshfield Clinics in Northern WI.


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. We serve a lot of 
local breast cancer patients from cancer center referrals, physicians, oncologists, social
workers, financial workers, nurse navigators, advertising, and from patients themselves.  
We are a 501(c) 3 charitable organization serving the public interest of helping people with
a breast cancer diagnosis of any age or gender in poverty and/or financial distress from 
a breast cancer diagnosis.

Our mission is achieved in several ways: 

1. Circle of Hope pays bills for breast cancer treatment bills from designated

funds. Our funds come from fundraisers, third party fundraisers, small grants and 

designated donors.These payments are paid to the providers of the services and 

not to patients. These determinations are based on specific criteria. The patient fills

out the paperwork and a release of information, so billing and other information may

be checked.The patient needs to first send their medical bills through their insurance, 

and then apply through hospital community care programs. We are the 3rd payee 

when funds are available in a designated area.


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 accounts 

comes from donations, fundraisers, third party fundraisers and grants, when available. 

Gas and grocery cards are sent certified mail. These are available when not given out

by cancer centers.There maybe other ways that patients may receive help. Rent, 

house payment, utility bills (lights, heat) are bills paid directly to the provider of the 

service by Circle of Hope, if funds are availablein the designated area. 


*Financial help is available for those breast cancer patients who struggle 

with poverty and those in financial distress. These are patients currently

going through treatment: surgery, chemo, radiation, reconstructive surgery, 

and in some situations Stage IV breast cancer patients. These are often 

times patients who have had to quit work to receive life saving treatments.


3. Circle of Hope raises designated money for metastatic breast cancer 

research locally. Some individuals and businesses want to donate toward research. 

(University of Minnesota Duluth Medical School/Circle of Hope Fund). Contact the 

Circle of Hope office for details. 


4. Stage IV programs are available locally:  "Feeling Joy" and the "Compudyne 

Photography Projects are for Stage IV patients locally."The Quilt Program" is 

available for Stage IV breast cancer patients in northern MN and northern WI based 

on donations. 


5. Circle of Hope is committed toward helping patients with a breast cancer 

diagnosis by improving their lives. This involves many sporting activities.  

Feel good, participation and educational activities are available for all breast 

cancer patients, supporters and gynecological cancer patients.  


6.Breast cancer and gynecological patients and supporters knit, sew, 

crochet to make feel good/educational boxes available for all breast/

gynecological cancer patients in the areas in which Circle of Hope serves. 

Many others make chemo caps for the cancer centers through Circle of Hope.



What Do We Cover In Regards to Financial Help?

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 from their cancer center or hospital 
second after insurance payments. After this they are asked to apply to Circle of Hope. 
Circle of Hope. We do not guarantee payment in all areas of the states in which we
served. The money is based on designated account monies.

Breast Cancer Treatment bills  may include breast cancer surgery, oncology/chemo, 
radiation, dental work (related to chemo and the teeth are rotten and have to be pulled), 
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. The Board of Directors votes on designated applications from
a criteria grid. Names are not used.  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, and it does not mean there is money in your city of town.
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 a 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. We do not pay for other services. Circle of Hope does guide
all breast and gynecological cancer patients into where they can get financial help in their
time of need  (should they ask for this type of counseling.)


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 and gynecological cancer patients. Circle of Hope has a resource library of materials, 
books, and CD's. They give out and send out feel good and educational boxes with a variety of
items. It helps to know the diagnosis of the patient.

4."Circle of Support" at this time is a personalized 1 on 1 conferences.  Call anytime to 
discuss an issue. Peggy will also make periodic calls. We will set up a time that we can meet you. 
It may be 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: peggy@circleofhopeduluth.org.

5.Circle of Hope also collects money for local metastatic breast cancer research at the 
University of Minnesota, Duluth Medical School. In 2015, they donated $10,400.00 for the 
cause from designated funds. In 2016 they donated another $10,400.00. So far in 2017, they have
donated $10,400.00. In 2018 they donated $5,500.00 from designated donations. They also 
donated $100.00 to a special project. Donations can be given to this organization. You will get a 
tax exempt receipt. 

6. 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 obtain needed help. They also have programs for local metastatic breast cancer 
patients.

7. Feeling Joy is a local wishes program. The Compudyne Photography program is pictures 
program. These are both Stage IV programs. The quilt program is for Stage IV patients along
with a large pamphlet by Peggy Anderson of Stages and Stage. Sometimes other patients
are given these items. 


8.Other Supportive Services: 

Circle of Hope has a My BC Team presence.
-We also  recommend the online website in which they are a member: http://www.mybcteam.com/

-Circle of Hope has partnered with a few other organizations that can help breast cancer 
patients. 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 individualizedmatches from Match Mentors, 
and they can even connect you with more resources. This is a free service. Check out their
website at: www.abcdbreastcancersupport.orgThis 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. 


-Circle of Hope is also partnering with  ABOUT: FORCE. This is in relationship to a patient 
powered research network. Should you want a brochure sent to you about genetic breast cancer,
just ask. The brochures will be mailed out in feel good and educational boxes in northern MN 
and northern WI. 
Their website is: www.about network.org There are many types of hereditary breast cancer. 
Check out the link join and read the whole page. It is not only breast and ovarian. There are 
other types that run in families.

-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. www.CancerSupportCommunity.org. This is a free service.


 

 
 
Circle of Hope is exclusively educational and charitable. No one is paid a salary.  
We put the breast cancer patients needs first.