The Ever Living Tree Program was established with the goal of providing financial assistance to cancer patients being treated at McLaren. The program bestows a one-time cash gift to current cancer patients.
The Program is funded through the generous support of employees, patrons and special friends of McLaren’s cancer program. An annual campaign makes it possible for patients to receive some financial assistance during their treatment. In November, when people’s thoughts turn to holiday shopping and parties, McLaren mails a special holiday letter giving recipients the opportunity to honor a loved one and support the Ever Living Tree Program with a financial gift. Donors can also customize an ornament and have it placed on the large holiday tree displayed in the lobby of McLaren Flint.
The Ever Living Tree Program has firmly taken root in the hearts of many whose lives have been touched by cancer. The Program has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars providing help to more than 600 patients. With continued support, the program will continue to grow and provide respite for those with a special need who come to McLaren for cancer treatment.
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Inspirational Ever Living Tree Recipient Giving Back
When she was 28-years old, Amanda Combs heard the news that would rock her world. 'You have Stage 3 oral cancer'. This non-smoking, non-drinking young woman didn't fit the risk categories, so needless to say she was not prepared for the diagnosis - especially since she was uninsured at the time. She credits her faith, along with her family and physicians, with helping her make it through the fight of her life. Today, seven years later, she is cancer-free and giving back to an organization that came through for her in a time of need. The Ever Living Tree Fund was established in 1990 to provide financial assistance to cancer patients at McLaren Flint. Since then, the program has bestowed hundreds of one-time cash gifts to patients in need. Combs said she received her gift when it mattered most. "It was perfect timing," she said. "But throughout my cancer ordeal, I believe nothing happened by chance. God had everything under control." She was going through radiation and chemotherapy and facing surgery when she received the bill for an extremely expensive medication. With no health insurance (she was working at a small chiropractic office at the time) she knew there was no way she could afford it. Then, a check from the Ever Living Tree Fund arrived - another completely unexpected occurrence. "Jean Battles, a social worker at McLaren, told me what the program was, and also helped me arrange to get physical and speech therapy. I am so thankful to her and to Dr. Saha for all they did. Now I'm sharing my story to inspire others and remind them that if you just have faith, God will take care of you," said Combs. Now, Combs feels her life is truly on the track that it was always meant to be. She is currently working at Creative Foam of Fenton and says that her somewhat altered appearance (following surgery to remove a tumor) serves to remind her of what she has overcome. "When I look in the mirror, I remember how blessed I truly am," she said.
The Even Living Tree is funded through the generous support of employees, patrons and special friends of McLaren's cancer program. An annual campaign makes it possible for patients in need to receive some financial assistance during their treatment. Each November, a special holiday letter is sent out giving past recipients and other donors the opportunity to honor loved ones and support the Ever Living Tree Program with a financial gift. Donors can also customize ornaments and have them placed on the large holiday tree displayed in the lobby of McLaren Flint. The Ever Living Tree Program has firmly taken root in the hearts of many whose lives have been touched by cancer. The program has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, providing help to more than 600 patients. With continued support, this program will grow and provide respite for those in need. If you would like to donate to this program please click here.
Please join us for our Ever Living Tree Dedication Ceremony on December 2, 2012 from 2:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m. in the Ballenger Auditorium located at McLaren Flint. If you would like more information about this event please contact the Foundation at 810-342-4087.