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Candace’s Story

Candace finds the strength to face cancer and fight on.

Names have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals in this story.

My name is Candace and I’m 64 years old, facing stage 4 breast cancer. I was getting by and able to cope with the pain and stress until my husband left me—then things took a turn for the worse. I felt anxious and alone with no one to turn to. I didn’t know how I was going to survive on just my retirement income which is less than $1,000 per month. Then I heard about United Way’s PA 2-1-1 Southwest. The person who assisted me gave me a good number of resources, including a local food pantry, free divorce counseling and directed me to a United for Women-funded program that provides legal services. He also told me about three organizations that help people who have cancer. Now I’ve received helpful financial assistance and I am working with a case manager. I feel better, even though the odds have been stacked against me, because there are people out there who are on my side looking out for me. PA 2-1-1 Southwest connected me to a wellspring of community support, and that’s been a blessing. I’ve had to face a serious illness and I rely on my friends for emotional support, and thanks to United Way and the 2-1-1 helpline, I can also get help from others.

United Way’s PA 2-1-1 Southwest helps women like Candace get back on their feet. United for Women funds a program that provides legal services to women that gives them a fighting chance. To learn more about United for Women visit uwswpa.org/united-for-women