The Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet (DCCLC) is a hometown organization that operates to help both cancer and non-cancer patients. It was started by Ruth Weber of Iron Mountain in 2001 as a way to assist patients. The loan closet offers medical equipment at no charge, as well as financial assistance to those who are in need. The Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet (DCCLC) is currently under the direction of President Paul Elliot, and is located at 1401 1/2 S. Carpenter Avenue in Iron Mountain (behind the Garrett Eye Clinic).
The loan closet offers $500 a year to assist a client for cancer-related prescriptions and/or co-pays in Dickinson County and the surrounding areas. Also offered are Ensure or incontinence supplies and a special needs fund of $200 a year for travel expenses to out of town related physician appointments. Those requesting assistance fill out paper work, and all information is kept confidential.
The loan closet serves cancer patients by supplying hospital equipment in a home setting at no cost to the patient. Items provided include electric beds, mattresses, sheets, gowns, wheelchairs, over bed table, commodes, canes, walkers, electric lift chairs, shower chairs, Depends, incontinence pads, undergarments, comfort items such as sheepskin, pads and turbans. Items are also borrowed to non-cancer patients with a time limit of three months.
The loan closet is not funded by any organization, it is supported only by community funds and donations. Volunteers also help operate the loan closet. The closet has 22 volunteers who work a two hour shift once a week. The loan closet is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.