About Us

Our mission is to help raise awareness and reduce the financial toxicity of a cancer diagnosis by providing assistance for daily non-insured expenses for women currently being treated for any gynecological cancer in northeast Georgia.

Hearing “you have cancer” is bad enough, but imagine wondering how you are going to continue to working to pay the bills, put food on the table, and even get to work! Cancer does not care, but we do and we are here to help.

Please take a moment to look over our website to learn how you can make a difference in the lives of women and their families who are undergoing treatment. We hope that you will want to join in our effort and remember, your donation is 100% tax deductible.


Our Founders

The Partnership for Gynecological Cancer Support had been a dream of its founding directors since their diagnoses of ovarian cancer. From the moment they began their “cancer journey” they knew that they did not want anyone to face the uncertain path that they found themselves on.

Debbie Torbett and Sue Sigmon-Nosach forged a 10+ year friendship because of cancer. Their friendship took them many places, allowed them to experience many things, meet many others quietly waging their own battles, and be a part of the indomitable spirit that says I will keep going.

Perhaps you met them… best known as the artistic team of 2 Broken Broads, they traveled the Southeast exhibiting their whimsical glass mosaics for all to enjoy while quietly raising awareness, educating others, and providing inspiration to all they met.

Although without her good friend, Sue continues to carry PGCS forward today by continuing their unique art form, raising awareness of GYN cancers, and assisting those in need.


DEBBIE TORBETT 2/22/49 – 1/30/14

Co-founder and Vice President of PGCS  – Debbie Torbett – succumbed to complications of ovarian cancer January 30, 2014. Hers was a 9 year battle punctuated by determination, grace, and dignity. Cancer did not define her, she simply embraced it as another “chapter” of her life and lived accordingly inspiring others, making new friends, and always smiling.

Debbie’s legacy is one of love and laughter…. and so much more….her beautiful family, her many friends, her art….and the Foundation she helped to establish to assist others that were traveling on the same path…..these – and so much more – were Debbie’s contributions to this world. To have met her and have been a part of her world was indeed, a privilege.

 

FAQ'S

How do I know that PGCS is a legitimate charity?

PGCS was formed as a 501c3 non-profit in 2013 and received their IRS designation in August of 2013. PGCS is a registered non-profit in the State of GA and all records are public. Our EIN number is available upon request.

 

Who does PGCS assist and how?

PGCS has aligned itself with the clinical nurse oncology navigators at NE GA Medical Center located in Gainesville, GA and the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, Atlanta and Marietta, GA. These navigators select the patients whom they feel are most in need of financial assistance as outlined by PGCS guidelines. Assistance is given in the form of a gift card in the amount of $300; non-insured medications are also provided for those requiring assistance and one night's lodging is given to those traveling over 100 miles for surgery.

 

Where does PGCS get money?

PGCS is an all volunteer organization that takes no salaries and depends entirely on corporate grants, memorial gifts, general private and public donations, and one annual fundraiser to assist others.

 

Can anyone contact PGCS directly to receive assistance?

No. The nurse oncology navigators know those who need assistance and by their screening, the patient’s confidentiality remains intact.

 

Who runs PGCS?

PGCS has a Board of Directors consisting of a Chairman, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operations Officer, and a Secretary, all of whom have been touched by cancer. Terms are for a length of two (2) years. There is also an advisory Board who assists with various activities. The Board meets once a quarter in a calendar year or as necessary.