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The Gift of Time

July 23, 2019

A routine screening revealed pre-cancerous cells in Deborah Kenniker’s genital area. A non-invasive form of treatment didn’t work and Kenniker was told she would need to take the next steps—a biopsy, pre-op tests and surgery. 

Kenniker, who was diligent about getting her annual screenings, didn’t know where to turn. In the past, she’d paid for services like mammograms using a charge card, paying the bills off over time. This was a dilemma a credit card wasn’t going to solve.

“I wouldn’t have had the ability to do anything, I had exhausted all possibilities to find healthcare,” she said. A last-ditch desperate call to the Manatee County Health Department led her to We Care Manatee. We Care Manatee connected her with a specialist who removed the pre-cancerous patch.

“We Care Manatee is like an oasis in the middle of the desert for people who don’t have means to take care of their medical problems. I do not and did not have financial means to take care of the problem,” the retired wife and mother of two said. “I’m very grateful. I don’t know what would have happened to me if I had not been able to get the treatment I needed through We Care Manatee. I could have cancer right now.”