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Published on November 21, 2016

Angel of Hope Clinic a Source of Strength for Cancer Patient

Breast cancer patient Lucia Mil-Polito.Lucia Mil-Polito came to the Angel of Hope Clinic with what she thought was a plugged milk duct in her left breast. An initial exam led to a referral for a diagnostic mammogram and breast biopsy. Unfortunately, the diagnosis was cancer.

“We’re very poor and at the beginning I thought to myself, ‘How am I going to do this?’” the 36-year-old mother of three said. “I thank God for the angels in my path who are helping me.”

Grissel Perez, a financial counselor at Angel of Hope, is one of Lucia’s “angels.” Grissel helped Lucia apply for the Wisconsin Well Woman Program, which covers her mammograms, diagnostic services, biopsy, and first visit to a breast specialist. She also helped Lucia secure financial assistance through Wheaton’s Community Care program for her chemotherapy, and upcoming double mastectomy and bilateral oophorectomy.

While Lucia is worried about the future, she feels grateful for the care and support she continues to receive from Grissel and the entire Angel of Hope staff.

“They treat me very well and I know they really care about me and my health.”

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - St. Francis provides support for the Angel of Hope Clinic, a free health clinic housed in a homeless shelter on Milwaukee’s south side. Nurse practitioners handle thousands of visits each year including management of chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes.

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Angel of Hope Clinic a Source of Strength for Cancer Patient