- Idaho: Nampa resident Amanda Kofoed is transitioning back to a normal routine after completing chemotherapy last month for Stage 3 Hodgkin Lymphoma—just seven months after she was diagnosed with cancer, and just six months since a video went viral of a flash mob surprising her with $13,000 in donations. Kofoed was uninsured at the time of her diagnosis and originally planned to film a video to thank a friend who set up a GoFundMe page to help her raise money to cover her care costs. But a local flash mob group called the Praynksters "ambushed" the video with donations from several hundred people. In all, Kofoed received $13,000 from the flash mob, and another $60,000 via the online fundraiser to pay for her care. Now Kofoed, who was able to get on her husband's insurance plan, is heading back to school to complete her bachelor's degree and trying to pay forward the generosity she received (AP/Sacramento Bee, 5/15).
- Michigan: The state Department of Health and Human Services is distributing $7 million in funding to help children in Flint purchase nutritional foods that can limit the effects of lead exposure. The funding, allocated from the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grants, will be distributed to about 15,000 qualifying children. To qualify for the assistance, children must be eligible for food assistance, have lived in a ZIP code that was served by the city's contaminated water system on Feb. 28 and still live there as of April 1 (AP/Sacramento Bee, 5/15).
- North Carolina: Greg Gombar, CFO at Carolinas HealthCare System, is retiring at the end of the year, capping off a nearly 32-year career in the role. Gombar first joined the system in 1984, working as controller, before being named CFO in 1985. The health system said it has begun a national search for his successor (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/15).
How to get cancer patients the care they need—quickly
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