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Bellow’s Fund – Diana Kylor

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Dianne Kylor from Hesston, PA was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2003 which resulted in laryngectomy to remove her voice box. Fortunately, Dianne is now cancer free, however, now she has to use an artificial larynx that she presses against her throat to be able to communicate.

Servox Digital XL

Just like any type of equipment, the larynx wears down after awhile and it needs to be replaced. However, the technology is costly. This left Dianne in a situation where she was using the same Servox Digital larynx for close to five years and her ability to communicate with it was steadily getting worse. Dianne’s husband said that they “pushed through as long as they could” because they just didn’t have the funds to purchase a new one.

This is when her AUCP Service Coordinator, Terri Feather, reached out about the UCP Elsie S. Bellows fund, a national program offering grants to help people buy Assistive Technology equipment. Terri knew that Dianne needed a new artificial larynx to be able to communicate, so she worked with her to submit an application. A few weeks later, the application was approved and we were able to use the grant money to purchase a Servox Digital XL for Dianne.

The UCP Elsie S. Bellows fund is a phenomenal resource to individuals in need of assistive technology. The funds are granted through an application that each UCP affiliate, like AUCP, has access to. If you, or someone you know, is in a situation similar to Dianne, you can contact AUCP today to find out how to submit an application.

Re-Use It Donations Needed

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Did you know? Our Re-Use It program allows us to redistribute lightly used medical equipment and assistive technology to individuals of all ages that are residents of Pennsylvania.

All of the inventory has been donated to us and it’s our job to redistribute the items to individuals that do not have the financial means to obtain it themselves.

Currently, we are in need of:

  • manual wheelchairs 
  • shower chairs
  • rollators (walkers with seats)

If you or someone you know have any of these items and are looking to donate them, please contact Anne Holtzman at (844) 819-4455 Ext. 1506. All donations are being accepted in our HANOVER office and are tax deductible.

To learn more about the program and to view our available inventory, CLICK HERE.