Who We Support
- Adults, ages 18 and older, who have been diagnosed or who are currently being treated for cancer.
- Cancer survivors.
- Family members who have lost loved ones to cancer.
Patients' names may be submitted to the ministry by a friend or loved one burdened about the patient's illness. To submit, simply click here and fill out the Patient Information Form with the patient's information and few brief details about the illness and course of treatment. In addition, providing the name of a contact person who is able to provide updates about the patient's progress is helpful.
How We Support
Pray and Encourage
Patients are placed on the FSM prayer list. The prayer group prays for the specific needs of each patient in the ministry. A close relative who can serve as a contact person is vital to this group in order for the group to pray for the specific needs of each patient.
Our first objective is to encourage patients to claim the promise, “God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power.” II Timothy 1:7. A volunteer, who commits to regularly pray for a specific patient, also sends him or her handmade cards of encouragement. These handmade cards are crafted by the FSM Card Ministry. The Card Ministry meets weekly for a time of prayer for the patients, for devotion, and for crafting cards.
Upon receipt of a cancer patient's name, FSM sends the patient a monogrammed lap blanket inscribed with his/her name, the FSM logo, and a scripture reference to 2 Timothy 1:7. An introductory letter which is included tells the patient who submitted his/her name and gives information about FSM. It is our hope that the blankets will not only keep the patients warm, but will serve as a reminder that the team is praying for them.
Mentors & Patient
Additionally, there are Mentor Volunteers in the program. These mentors are available to answer questions as well as provide guidance from the time of diagnosis through treatment and recovery. Each mentor has survived some type of cancer and is willing to share from his/her own personal experience. Currently, these volunteers are survivors of breast, ovarian, prostate or testicular cancer.
There is, also, a Patient Advocacy Council which is a part of this ministry. It is chaired by Pat Watkins, MLT, who is a retired health care administrator. The Council may assist patients with any administrative problems concerning their medical care: insurance claims, financial needs, etc.
Financial Assistance Program
The FSM Financial Assistance Program is designed to help with the day to day living expenses and/or incidental costs associated with receiving treatment.
Individuals receiving cancer treatment may make a request for financial assistance as long as he/she can provide the pertinent information for the application process. Documentation supporting the request must be included with the application (e.g. copies of bills, etc.). A member of the FSM Board of Directors or the Ministry Director will complete the request and submit the request to the Board for approval. The Board reviews all requests for financial assistance. Upon approval, the Ministry Director will pay the creditor directly.
For additional information about the FSM Financial Assistance Program, please contact any FSM Board Member, Ministry Director, or by requesting information through the "Contact Us" page.