Erika Galan was receiving chemotherapy infusion to treat her breast cancer at the DHR Health Advanced Care Center last year when an older, vivacious woman started a conversation with her. The woman was a fellow cancer patient; her curiosity sparked by Erika’s young age. Although Erika cannot remember her name, she was touched by her story and her heartfelt appreciation for the financial support she was provided by the Renaissance Cancer Foundation.
An employee at DHR Health since 2011, Erika was familiar with our mission at the Renaissance Cancer Foundation. She would often volunteer at events, and participate in fundraising and awareness activities. Having lost her dear grandfather Salvador to lung cancer in 2013, Erika felt a special connection to our patients. “I would see my grandfather in their eyes,” says Erika.
Her battle with breast cancer provided new insight, and a desire to help patients like the lovely lady she met in chemotherapy. “Cancer is a very ugly disease to have and that is already stressful enough,” shares Erika. “No patient should worry about whether or not they can afford treatment that can save their life.”