Throop Cancer Patient Seeks Help With Paying For Care
In Times of Need, Northeast Pennsylvania comes to the aid of its own. In our regular column, Patrice Wilding provides a platform for area residents facing a variety of obstacles to create awareness and connect them with much-needed help.
Who: Throop resident Ann Luklanchuk loves traveling, reading, animals — including her own rescues, Boo the cat and Jagger the dog — as well as spending time with her children, Jason, 39, and Heather, 33. The kindhearted retiree welcomed her first grandchild, Dahlia Mae, on Dec. 14, and her kids say she is quick to help anyone else in need. In summer 2017, Luklanchuk received a breast cancer diagnosis, and in November of that same year, she underwent a mastectomy. By summer 2018, the cancer had returned to her lymph nodes, and Luklanchuk now faces more surgery as well as chemotherapy and radiation.
What/when/where: A GoFundMe page collects ongoing donations, and checks payable to Ann Luklanchuk may be sent to 936 Bush St., Throop, PA 18447.
Why:Luklanchuk’s insurance covers only a fraction of the costs of her care, and between the medical bills and travel expenses, she is overwhelmed with financial stress. Any donations received will help her focus on healing and enjoying her new granddaughter.
In her own words:“Unfortunately, people don’t always understand how expensive the diagnosis of cancer is, from the treatments to the surgeries to the doctors’ bills. As sad as it is having to go through all of this, it’s also shown me the generosity and kindness of the people in our area. Their support lifts me up every day.”
Update:In Loving Memory of Kelsey Granteed, a benefit concert held Saturday to honor the late 27-year-old from Pittston who died Nov. 7, was a great success, according to friends who posted on the Facebook event page. More than $2,600 in donations were gathered to help Granteed’s surviving family and suicide prevention efforts. A GoFundMe page for the same cause will remain active for online donations until Friday, Dec. 21.