Vicki Hancock Needs a Lifesaving Bone Marrow Transplant to Survive

May 13, 2010

The following excerpt is from the First Coast News website:

ST. MARYS, Ga. -- A Camden County woman needs some heroes to save her life.

Vicki Hancock beat cancer once, but is facing the medical battle once again with little help from her health insurance. Doctors said she'll lose that fight if she doesn't have a bone marrow transplant in the next few months.

"I'm not ready to go. I just turned 55 in April," said Hancock.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and given a clean bill of health in 2007. But she was hit with another medical blow just a few weeks ago by her doctor.

"If I don't get a bone marrow transplant, he said I have six months or less to live," said Hancock.

It was back to the hospital once again and back to the chemotherapy to provide a temporary fix for Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) or pre-leukemia, brought on by the treatment from the last bout with cancer.

"This has devastated us. This time around has really hurt us because I can't work right now," said Hancock.

To beat this new form of cancer, the family immediately began searching for a bone marrow match. Turns out, Hancock's sister is a perfect match, but there's a problem.

"Unfortunately, my insurance won't cover it," said Hancock.

Hancock said her health insurance will only cover $18,000 of a $500,000 procedure. "My husband and I have paid insurance since we were in our 30s. Unfortunately if I had $2 more, they would have covered the treatment of cancer," said Hancock.

Family members aren't letting finances discourage them.

"We beat breast cancer before. We'll beat this again," said her husband, Jim Hancock.

To read more about the fundraising support to help Vicki, click here.