Lifesaving Care Provided at No Cost
“At first, I didn’t want to go for treatment because I didn’t want one more bill coming into my house,” says Lidia Aparicio. Already struggling with mounting medical bills resulting from her teenage son’s traumatic brain injury, Aparicio says that when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, her first thoughts focused on how she would pay the bills.
Aparicio, who is 58, receives her primary healthcare at Erie in West Town. Erie referred her to Northwestern Memorial’s Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center for her yearly mammogram, which revealed that she had developed cancer in her left breast.
Aparicio, who was unemployed and without insurance at the time, was able to qualify for Northwestern Memorial’s Free and Discounted Care Program through the financial assistance process at Erie.
“After all the bad things in my life, this was so precious to me,” she says.
Her lifesaving treatments, chemotherapy and radiation through the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University were all provided free of charge, was her diagnostic care provided by Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, a multi-specialty physician group whose members are on the medical staff at Northwestern Memorial.
“The financial help was a miracle,” says Aparicio. “Right now, I’m free of cancer. And that’s a miracle, too.”