Newsmaker Making A Difference: Lisa Selby and Rachel Faustner, The Paying It Forward Cancer Fund

Julie Mann
September 06, 2018 - 7:30 am

WBBM Newsradio/Julie Mann

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Fifty-five year old Lisa Selby was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2017.  She was treated at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin and said she was lucky to have health insurance and was shocked when she learned how many fellow cancer patients weren't as fortunate.  

"The reality is, people die because they can't afford to live," Selby said  "That sickens me." 

During her cancer treatments at Sherman she met Rachel Faustner, who is the hospital's Oncology Financial Navigator.

"Patients have actually forgone treatment because they didn't think they could afford it," Faustner said. "My job as a financial navigator is to give patients those resources and to help them get everything they possibly can to cover cancer."  

Selby decided she wanted to make a donation to someone who need help paying for their cancer treatment and recovery and went to Faustner to see how to donate. 

"She was like, do you know of anybody right now who can't cover their meds and I'm like, of course I do. It's an ongoing battle," Faustner said. "So, as I sat there and thought about it, I said instead of us doing one donation to one patient for something very big, why don't we start something to get the community involved."  

The two women spearheaded a fund to help others fight cancer. 

The "Paying it Forward" fund through the Advocate Charitable Foundation has already paid for cancer medications and treatment or recovery resources that patients otherwise couldn't afford. 

"There have been many people who have just donated, because they've lost a friend or loved one to cancer," Faustner said. 

One hundred percent of the donations go to patients. 

Selby said creating the Paying It Forward Fund and the satisfaction of knowing others are getting the medication or resources they need to survive cancer has forever changed her. 

"No matter who you are, you can make a difference and we all need to pay it forward," she said.   

To donate to the Paying it Forward Fund for cancer,  contact Rachel Faustner at Advocate Sherman Hospital by calling 224-783-1492 or emailing

As WBBM celebrates its 50th anniversary as Newsradio, this year we’ll be honoring 50 Newsmakers making a difference in the community.  Listen for reports each Tuesday.

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