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Hope Fund

Emergency financial assistance for those actively receiving care for breast cancer

It is difficult enough to cope with a diagnosis of breast cancer without the added burden of financial stress that can occur as a result. The Hope Fund offers emergency financial assistance to help with expenses during care and treatment.

The Hope Fund is a program of the Owatonna Hospital Foundation. It is funded through the generous support of the Minnesota Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.


The Hope Fund is available for people who are actively receiving care for breast cancer only. There are no exceptions to this guideline. Active treatment includes chemotherapy, radiation, bone marrow transplant, surgery, lymphedema, cording, hospice, or palliative care.

The fund serves patients who are at least 18 years old and receiving care at Owatonna Hospital or living in the following counties: Steele, Dodge, Rice or Waseca counties, and do not qualify for other similar programs.

What does the emergency fund cover?

Eligible covered expenses include:

  • Necessary living expenses such as mortgage or rent, food, gas
  • Car payments
  • Utilities: heat, electricity, other
  • Out of pocket medical expenses,

The Hope Fund cannot be used to make credit card payments or to prepay expenses.

How to apply

Applications are available to download, by calling 763-684-6800, or at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute at Buffalo Hospital. A completed application, along with a copy of the bill (no originals, please) that includes all pertinent information — amount owed, billing address, etc. — must be submitted to:

  • Fax your application to 507-977-2569 (Attn: Hope Fund) 
  • Mail your application to: 
    Owatonna Hospital Foundation
    2250 NW 26th Street
    Owatonna, MN 55060
  • Return your completed application to your cancer care provider or care coordinator to fill out the Provider section and transfer to the Foundation for processing.

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