News | Published August 29, 2013

Bestwick Foundation supports local cancer patients with $10,000 to The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center

The Bestwick Foundation has donated $10,000 to The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center to support local cancer patients. The funds have offered assistance to cancer patients who have extreme financial hardship due to the illness, including helping with payments for mortgages, COBRA Insurance©, support for education or specialized therapies.

To date, the Bestwick Foundation has provided support to three patients and their families at Mount Nittany Medical Center, including the family of Jazzlene Inch who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in December 2012 when she was two years old. Jazzlene received treatment at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, receiving five rounds of testing and chemotherapy. For each treatment, the family traveled from State College, Pa., staying for four-to-five weeks at a time. The family had to pay for gas and meals on top of their everyday expenses, including their mortgage payment.  

“The Bestwick Foundation provided us with various meal and gas gift cards, and money to cover a month’s mortgage payment and educational support, allowing us to concentrate on beating the cancer rather than worry about how we could pay for our bills,” said Jamie Inch, Jazzlene’s mother. “We recently received news that Jazzlene is in remission and couldn’t be more grateful for the assistance of the Bestwick Foundation.”

The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center identifies patients who could benefit from the Bestwick Foundation and the Bestwick Foundation Board approves the expenditures.

“Our partnership with the Bestwick Foundation allows us to offer unique assistance to our patients. Because of the Bestwick Foundation’s generosity, we can provide a significant measure of comfort when our patients need it most,” said Kim Neely, director, The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Supporting the needs of organizations, families and individuals in the Centre region was the reason Jamie Bestwick, president, Steve Greer, secretary, and Dan Rallis, treasurer, formed the Bestwick Foundation two years ago.

“We created the Bestwick Foundation to benefit our community and support our family, friends and neighbors,” said Steve Greer. “Four years ago, I was diagnosed with leukemia and it was difficult to handle – not only emotionally, but financially. By supporting local cancer patients through The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center, we can help reduce the worry and stress of financial difficulties, so that patients and their families can focus on recovering.”  

In addition to supporting The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center, The Bestwick Foundation provides funding to the Hope Lodge®/Coaches vs. Cancer (PSU), Athlete Recovery Fund, Tides Program, St. Joseph’s Academy, Strawberry Fields, Centre Volunteers in Medicine and Youth Service Bureau.

Community members can help support the Bestwick Foundation by attending upcoming events:

  • Mountain Rocks: The live music event will be held on September 1, 2013, from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm, at Tussey Mountain Amphitheater. Tickets costs $20 in advance, or $25 at the door.
  • 8th Annual Reverse Car Drawing: On September 19, 2013, from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm, at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, enjoy high-end butlered food, live music and the chance to win a Lincoln MKZ or a Ford Boss 302. Tickets are $350 for two people (only 400 tickets are sold).
  • Bike & BBQ: On September 29, participate in a metric centry (62 miles) or a half centry (30 miles) bike ride and a post-ride BBQ by The Westside Stadium Bar and Grill. The ride will take place on September 29, 2013, at 9:00 am and will be held at Circleville Park in State College, Pa. Pre-registration is $35, and registration on the day of the event is $45.

For more information on the Bestwick Foundation or their upcoming events, visit bestwickfoundation.org. To learn more about The Foundation at Mount Nittany Medical Center, visit foundation.mountnittany.org or call 814.234.6777.

The Foundation’s 21st Annual Golf Tournament raised $150,000 for the new Cancer Center.

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