On Aug. 18 as the Minnesota Lynx took on the Indiana Fever at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, the team honored Margie Sborov as part of the team’s Inspiring Women Platform presented by Land O’Lakes.
Sborov is the founder of Angel Foundation, a 16-year-old Twin Cities-area nonprofit that provides financial help, education and support to more than 25,000 adult cancer patients and their families within a seven-county metro area.
“We have provided about $8 million in emergency financial assistance to adult cancer patients during their treatment,” Sborov said in a phone interview. “Depending on family size, we provide about $850 dollars to people for basic non-medical needs.
“That’s the beauty of the Angel Foundation. The families feel they are truly part of something bigger and we are there for them in their experience.”
Angel Foundation provides families with an Emergency Financial Assistance program and a Facing Cancer Together program.
The Emergency Financial Assistance program provides funds to adults in active treatment for cancer, living in or treated in the Twin Cities, for non-medical basic needs such as food, gas, utilities and housing payments.
The Facing Cancer Together program provides free education and support programs to families with school-age children living with a parental cancer diagnosis.
“It allows us to focus on children whose parents have cancer. Most of the time, we are focused on the adult going through treatment that the kids are sort of the forgotten ones,” Sborov said. “We step in at any time and provide that support to them. They may need financial assistance at the end of life or need help talking to their kids about diagnosis at the beginning.”
During the second quarter of the game, Sborov was honored with a signed basketball at midcourt by Vice President of Lynx Basketball Operations Carley Knox.
“To be honored by the Lynx is important to us because it reaches people who weren’t aware of us,” Sborov said. “It’s important to create awareness in the community. When we are part of these community events it’s important for us to create more awareness so we can serve more people.
“Anytime anyone is honored, it’s a wonderful thing. I feel very lucky to be acknowledged in the community that has helped so many people. I appreciate the acknowledgment.”
Congratulations, Margie, and thank you!