TAMPA (FOX 13) - Winna Morrin uses the pain of losing a friend to cancer in her mission to help others.
Linda Condon was happy and living life when she started feeling pain in her abdomen and back. She had a CAT scan and found out she had ovarian cancer.
"My world just stopped all of a sudden, like, oh my God, I had no idea my life has not been the same," Linda said.
She had surgery the next day and recovery took six months. Her insurance only paid a potion of her bills. Friends helped out, but that wasn't enough to cover all of her expenses.
"You think you are doing OK financially and then you don't have no idea how little it takes to take the rug out from under your feet," Linda explained.
That's when Love Your Neighbor stepped in. It's a grassroots organization that temporarily pays living expenses for cancer patients while they are in treatment.
Winna Morrin founded the group.
"If I can just take that burden from their shoulders and get them through this rough time to where they can get to the light," Morrin said.
She is a cancer survivor, herself and came up with the idea after losing her best friend to cervical cancer last year.
"It helps me. I was mourning and grieving and going toward a dark place," Morrin said.
She named the foundation after her friend of 16 years.
"After she passed, I look up what are we going to name this and I went, 'L-Y-N, love your neighbor.' It stands for love your neighbor and it was her name," Morrin said.
The group gives a maximum of $3,000 for basic living expenses.
"It makes me feel really good to help these people, really good," she said.
"I don't know what I would have done. I feel like it was a God-like thing that the universe was providing for me when I needed it," Linda said.
Winna has helped five people so far this year. For more information, visit www.thelynfund.org