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Man has Cancer After Losing Insurance to Help Poor

Man has Cancer After Losing Insurance to Help Poor

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Salt Lake City Mission cut off health insurance for some employees so it could use the money to help people during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Now a senior employee has cancer -- and no insurance.

The Huntsman Cancer Institute has agreed to match all donations for Philip Arena, who had part of his jaw removed during a 15-hour surgery in May.

Arena says he was shopping around for insurance just before he got sick. He raises money for the mission as development director. The mission dropped its employee insurance in 2002 due to the large number of people anticipated for the Olympics.

The mission provides food, clothing, shelter and counseling for those in need.

When Arena leaves the cancer institute next month, he will have medical bills of $300,000.


Information from: Deseret Morning News

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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