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Mercy Health Foundation Greater Cincinnati

Marcus Allen and his family are grateful for associate contributions that helped keep them in their home during his illness.

Donations from Associates allowed Marcus to focus on getting well.

Marcus Allen was ready to give up—but associates like you stepped in to help him when he needed it most.

After initial treatments for cancer, follow up tests showed it was more aggressive than originally thought. Marcus spent an additional three weeks as an inpatient at The Jewish Hospital — Mercy Health Cincinnati Cancer and Cellular Therapy Center, already having been off work for months during his earlier treatments.

“As the breadwinner, it put a real strain on my family,” Marcus said. “My wife has multiple sclerosis and takes care of our five children. I was fighting to get our basic needs met and doing everything I could to get help but had one door after another slammed in my face. My disability insurance was not enough to cover our rent, and we were about to be evicted. We were on the verge of just giving up and putting it all in God’s hands.”

Because associates like you support the Ben Jackson Fund, the Allen family was able to receive the help they needed at that critical time.

“They helped us pay our rent and helped with grocery and fuel cards. It was awesome— the help the fund provides and the stress it took off our family was amazing.”

The Allen family wants you to know how appreciative they are of your generosity. “I can’t thank them enough for what they did for my family,” Marcus said. “I really want to urge people to continue giving to the fund and help more families in need.”