Betty R. Fuller Patient Assistance Fund
In the mid-2000's, Dr. Stephen Fuller and his family established the Betty R. Fuller Patient Assistance Fund following the death of his wife, Betty Fuller, who struggled with young onset Parkinson's disease for many years. The Patient Assistance Fund has recently been expanded to include the Respite Program for Caregivers thanks to Dr. Fuller.
The Patient Assistance Fund
The Patient Assistance Fund provides financial assistance for direct and essential medical patient services for Parkinson's patients who demonstrate economic hardship. These include, but are not limited to, doctor and hospital bills, medical equipment, medication, etc. Please note that this grant is only awarded to applicants who have demonstrated financial need for medical related services. To qualify for the program, the applicant must be a Parkinson's patient or the patient's primary Caregiver who demonstrates financial need. The Parkinson's patient must reside in the PFNCA area of service - the Maryland/Virginia/Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Each applicant is encouraged and will be considered. Typically, the grant range is $400-$800, depending on the level of need demonstrated. Only one grant per person will be provided each 12 month period. There will be no limitation to the number of years a person in need may request funding from this program.
The Respite Program for Caregivers
The Respite Program for Caregivers provides financial assistance to Caregivers who need to provide temporary care for their Parkinson's patient. The program covers short term care for Parkinson's patients, while the Caregiver is given a small break. There is a maximum contribution grant level of $1,000 per 12 months per applying family and/or individual.