Activities Underway to Mark Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Activities Underway to Mark Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Efforts including financial assistance, fundraising and education are underway to mark Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The annual September observance includes specialty lender Fifth Season Financial, which seeks to ease the financial burden of treatment of ovarian cancer, prostate cancer and other advanced-stage disorders. The lender’s Funds for Living and Giving (FLAG) program advances a substantial portion of an asset that many patients already have — life insurance. Through the program, U.S. patients are advanced a portion of their policy within four to six weeks of approval, with no limits on how funds are used. Throughout the process, each policy remains valid and intact. The money is ultimately repaid using policy proceeds, and in more than 90 percent of cases, funds remain for beneficiaries, the lender said in a news release. "Financial toxicity is a distressing and far-too-common experience, but it doesn’t need to be,” Adam Balinsky, president of Fifth Season Financial, said in a press release. “We provide financial relief to individuals at a time when they need it most. As these burdens are lifted, quality of life can be improved.” Over 12 years, the program has provided more than $190 million in financial assistance to some 600 patients. Elsewhere, a jewelry company is continuing its participation with the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA) — the largest non-government funder of ovarian cancer research — to bring awareness to the disease projected to affect 22,530 women in the United States this year. Globally, there are nearly 600,000 women within five years of a diagnosis living with ovarian cancer. For the third year, through Dec. 31, the Crown of Light diamond brand will donate $25 to OCRA from every purchase of s
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