About Gateway to Hope
Since Gateway to Hope's founding, over 1,000 patients have been connected to lifesaving breast cancer treatment – treatment they otherwise could not have accessed.
Gateway to Hope has a successful twelve year history of connecting individuals in need to breast cancer treatment. Without the Gateway to Hope safety net, many women would delay or forego treatment and could die from the disease.
In 2016, Gateway to Hope provided care and financial assistance for 311 individuals, a record number of patients.
Gateway to Hope patients experience more successful treatment and survival rates since our staff connects them to immediate treatment and care.
Special funds like Thelma’s Gift provide patients with the necessities of life including financial assistance with rent/mortgage, transportation, utilities and compression garments.
Gateway to Hope’s Insurance Premium Program (IPP) pays for health insurance premiums for patients undergoing breast cancer treatment and reconstruction.
How We Help
Gateway to Hope is a breast cancer lifeline, there for women at a most vulnerable time – when they have been diagnosed with breast cancer but don’t have the financial means to obtain treatment. In the twelve years since its founding, Gateway to Hope has played a major role in securing comprehensive care and providing financial assistance for individuals diagnosed with breast cancer in Missouri and Illinois.
Dr. David Caplin, a reconstructive breast surgeon, and Dr. Marlys Schuh, a surgical oncologist, founded Gateway to Hope in 2005. These physicians saw patients in their practices with inadequate insurance, facing stress, anxiety and money worries due to the loss or decrease in income. Finances can quickly strain when a family member is in treatment for a major health condition and Gateway to Hope responds to patients’ needs through two programs:
Thelma’s Gift helps individuals undergoing financial hardship often resulting from an inability to work due to the side effects of their breast cancer treatment. Funds pay for mortgage or rent, utilities, vehicle payments, oral breast cancer prescription medications, and lymphedema garments. Funds also provide for gas cards so patients can get to and from their medical appointments and breast cancer related treatments.
Gateway to Hope’s Insurance Premium Program (IPP) pays health insurance companies (Private and Employer Insurance, Marketplace, COBRA and Medicare) or reimburses patients for health insurance premiums throughout their treatment and breast reconstruction.