FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is SOS a nonprofit? Yes, SOS is designated as a 501(c)(3) organization and all
contributions are tax deductible.
Where does the money go? SOS is a completely volunteer-driven organization.
We have no staff, virtually no overhead and therefore the money goes directly
to fund patient needs. We help patients cover items that their insurance
companies do not. These items include: wigs, prosthetic bras, childcare for
patients' children during treatments, lodging for family members who
accompany patients during treatment, gas cards for patient transportation to
treatments, pain medication (beyond those covered by insurance), mortgage
payments, utility bills and many other items helpful to breast cancer patients.
Where do you find the patients? In many cases patients find SOS by word of
mouth. We also work closely with the Hollings Cancer Center, Roper Hospital
and Palmetto Richland Memorial to find patients from the area who need our
help. In some cases a Breast Cancer Patient's medical team may contact the
foundation requesting assistance. However, anyone who knows of a person in
South Carolina who is suffering from Breast Cancer may refer the patient to SOS.
Who can apply for help from SOS? The potential recipient must be presently
treated by a healthcare provider who is informed about his or her condition. A
patient must be a resident of South Carolina area but may be seeking treatment
outside of this area.
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