PITTSBURG — Angels Among Us can help relieve some of the financial burden of utilities, wigs and other financial needs as cancer patients go through their journey with cancer.
Angels Among Us is a non-profit organization, volunteer based with about 250 volunteers or “angels,” which help raise money for cancer patients.

Founder Diana Polston said throughout the year, the organization’s volunteers participate in fundraisers with local businesses to raise money —  one of their biggest fundraisers is the Crawford County Fair Angel Cafe, she said.

“They help us reach our goals to raise money to help cancer patients,” Polston said.

The organization also receives memorials from cancer patients, and has recently received the Rita J. Bicknell Women’s Health Fund, as part of Rita J. Bicknell Women’s Giving Circle philanprothy because of the organization's mission to help the financial needs of cancer patients.

The organization uses the monies raised to pay utility bills, wigs, air conditions, space heaters and other financial needs upon request.

The organization helps more than cancer patients. To help students who one day may assist someone with cancer, Angels Among Us opened a nursing scholarship fund for Pittsburg State University students at the Southeast Kansas Community Foundation.

The organization was founded after Polston’s father died of cancer.

“I felt I had a need to help others with cancer,” Polston said.
Although funds have been raised towards research, Polston said she realized there was a need for financial help for cancer patients in Crawford County.

“Much of the money raised goes to research, which is great, but there are still many people who need help to pay the bills,” Polston said.

Polston said cancer patients with a financial need can contact Angels Among Us at 620-231-6337.
“We want to give back and help others been,” she said. “We’ve been doing it for 17 years, we’re like one big family.”

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.