Two different individuals from different works of life have something in common, the West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition. The help and care we provide for our clients are long term relationships in which they are able to get the help they need or through a referral from us.
At the time, Mr. Arthur Horton was a 58 year old Talbotton, Georgia resident who knew he needed a Prostate screening but couldn’t afford. Homeless, indigent and unemployed, Horton exhibited characteristics of clients that are served here at WCGCC. He received a free screening through WCGCC. After being diagnosed with Stage 3 Prostate Cancer, our Cancer Care Access Coordinator was able to contact and find the right treatment for him. With no insurance, Horton was able to start treatment under the directions of retired Urologist Dr. James Crosse and Dr. Tidwell for both Chemotherapy and Radiation treatment. He was provided these services at the Tidwell Cancer Treatment Center, here in Columbus, GA. Horton always pushed aside screenings because he couldn’t afford it. Now, Mr. Horton is free of cancer and continues to live his life and tells everyone about “Ms Carol, who helped him. She made sure I had a ride to my doctor’s appointments, and treatment. If it hadn’t been for Ms. Carol, I don’t know where I would be.”
Jewel Kilebrew was a very active woman She started to experience weight loss and abdominal pain. As the pain began to be unbearable, she saw her doctor. Mrs. Kilebrew at the age of 59 was diagnosed with stage three gastric cancer in 2002 and was referred to WCGCC by her healthcare provider. Our Cancer Care Access Coordinator was able to investigate state programs and navigate Mrs. Kilebrew through the healthcare programs. She was able to apply and receive benefits for treatment through Cancer State Aid. Mrs. Kilebrew received treatment from the John B. Amos Cancer Center through the Columbus Regional Healthcare System. Now free of cancer, Kilebrew shares her story of survival and hope with her community about the works of the West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition navigation program.