In addition to the WORKS program at the cooperative, another assistance program that you can contribute to helps to benefit families affected by Cancer. Through the Dr Dennis Scranton Memorial Cancer fund,your generous donation can benefit local residents who have ongoing expenses related to active cancer treatments at a recognized treatment center.
The Dennis Scranton fund was established after the passing of Dr. Scranton, who died in an automobile accident near Fairfield in 2003. His widow, Tracy Scranton, said her husband had often expressed the need for a fund of this type. He recognized that patients had trouble funding their cancer treatments and related travel expenses to seek treatment. In 2022, $11,300 was given out to help cancer patients with travel costs, etc.
The fund was established in 2004 and it is totally dependent upon donations by the public. The fund is limited to patients receiving active treatment for cancer such as surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy. The fund is administered and overseen by the WORKS board at Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative, which also administers the Operation Round-Up Kare and Share program through the electric cooperative.
If you or a family member dealing with Cancer is interested in receiving funds, there is an application process. Qualified recipients can receive up to $500 in assistance in a calendar year to benefit their needs in seeking cancer treatment. If you wish to donate to the Dennis Scranton Memorial Cancer Fund, you can send your financial gift to the Dennis Scranton Memorial Cancer Fund, PO Box 700, Fairfield, Illinois 62837, or drop off your donation at the Wayne-White Electric office in Fairfield. If you have questions about the program, you can call the Wayne-White Electric cooperative office at (618) 842-2196 or download the Dennis Scranton Cancer Fund Application (PDF).
If you or a family member are receiving Cancer treatment in St Louis, there is a free lodging facility available through the American Cancer Society, known as “The Hope Lodge,” located on Lindell Blvd., not far from Siteman Cancer Center. Patients staying at The Hope Lodge must be in active cancer treatment, and permanently reside more than 40 miles or one hour away from their cancer treatment center. Each patient must be accompanied by a caregiver.
The Hope Lodge staff are committed to providing a nurturing home away from home for their guests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They have 44 guest rooms. The homelike lodging environment at the Hope Lodge is subject to availability. For more information, call them at (314) 286-8150.
Fill out an application to receive financial support from the Dennis Scranton Cancer FundDennis Scranton Memorial Cancer Fund (PDF)