Cancer can be a deadly disease. However, many more people are surviving now than ever before. Again however, the disease can be devastating to one and all financially. To help cancer patients survive—medically and financially—the Cancer Support Foundation was founded several years ago.
The CEO, Cindy Carter, is an awesome woman who works tirelessly to insure cancer patients do not lose their homes, their livelihood, their "life" financially as they travel through the journey of cancer.
Carter spends her days advocating for cancer patients, recruiting donations that go directly to the cancer patients. As the website (www.cancersupportfoundation.org) says, the foundation works to pay for things not covered by insurance and rarely do they ever pay for something medical. Yet, Cindy will also work tirelessly to connect patients to medical care. And as she points out, how does a cancer patient keep their family going when they cannot work, does not have income to pay for food and other life necessities? Help is needed!
Currently, a bill is being drafted for the state legislature to provide assistance to cancer patients who do not qualify for unemployment or disability benefits. While waiting for months for disability benefits to kick-in, patients get evicted from their homes, lose their cars and experience major financial melt-down. With the help of several legislators hopefully that will change next year. BUT, it will be an uphill battle in this tight economy. EVERYONE at the grassroots level—especially anyone ever touched by cancer—will need to let their legislator know how important this new bill will be.
In the meantime, Carter works diligently to recruit donations to help patients make ends meet on a daily basis. She negotiates for services needed, makes referrals to other agencies and organizations who can provide the needs of her clients. She will gladly speak at groups, support fundraising events (Like Ravens Super Fan, Captain Dee-Fense at Bill Bateman's Express in Middle River on Sunday, Nov. 25), and will look for donations through the website.
KNOW someone who needs help? Contact Cancer Support Foundation.
WANT to help someone in need? Contact Cancer Support Foundation.
Have any questions, feel free to contact Cancer Support Foundation or respond to this blog... to me - Anna Renault ... and we will be glad to assist you.
The Cancer Support Foundation does operate statewide. It is a tax-deductible
501(c)3 organization. They pay no salaries... donations go directly to patients.