Tuesday, August 05, 2014
A Grateful Patient Gives Back to Martin Health
At the young age of 26, Phillip Jacobs has learned not to
take anything for granted. The Port St. Lucie resident came back from a diagnosis of
Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma to finish his college degree and enter the
management training program at Enterprise Holdings, the company that operates
the Enterprise Rent-a-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands, in
But in 2012, Jacob’s world was turned upside down. He was worried not only about surviving his
cancer diagnosis, but also about how he was going to pay his medical bills. At the time, Jacobs was holding down two jobs and
attending Indian River State College.
Then his doctors told him he needed to stop everything and focus on his
“That was the most crushing thing for me,” Jacobs
said. “I had two semesters to go until I
graduated. After talking it over with my family, I made a decision – I’m not
stopping no matter what.”
Jacobs was referred to the Robert and Carol Weissman
Cancer Center at Martin Health where he learned about the cancer navigator
program and assistance for uninsured or under-insured patients.
"My family and I searched all over the state and
even to the government for help with medical bills, but there was nothing
available out there,” Jacobs said. “Martin Health never hesitated to help
me. They not only kept me alive but they helped with the major portion of my medical bills - which I know they were able
to do through the support of donors.”
Following six months of chemotherapy and one month of
radiation therapy, Jacobs received word he was in remission. With a clean bill
of health, he completed his studies, received a degree in organizational
management and returned to full-time work with Enterprise .
To show his appreciation for the care he received, Jacobs
recently applied for –and received - a grant through the Enterprise Holdings
Foundation through the "Jack C. Taylor
Founding Values Award program.” The
program, which allows employees to apply for funding for a nonprofit
organization in their community that is making a difference, awarded $2,500 to
Martin Health on behalf of Jacobs.
“Enterprise is a wonderful company that is in line with
all the values I stand for as a person,” Jacobs said. “When this opportunity
came around to donate, I thought of Martin Health right away."
Despite the pain and anguish of a cancer diagnosis and
treatment, Jacobs said he would do it all over again if he had to.
“This was the most humbling experience of my life,” he
said. “It changed my life and I’m forever grateful."
About Martin Health System: Martin Health System is a not-for-profit, community-based health care organization that has served the Treasure Coast region of Florida for 75 years. It offers a continuum of care including preventive, primary and acute hospital care, as well as cancer and cardiac care, wellness and rehabilitation services. Its approximately 3,700 associates, nearly 400 affiliated physicians and 850 volunteers provide care at 13 different locations serving Martin and St. Lucie Counties. To learn more, visit martinhealth.org.
Media Contact: Donna Murphy, Communications Specialist