How is the pandemic complicating our work?
We are prioritizing the health of our supporters and staff of volunteers, and especially patients and survivors during this unprecedented outbreak. There are continual changes to mandates and safety guidelines, which has significantly complicated our ability to do our work. Here are a few of the programs and events most impacted:
Comfort Care Bag
We depend on volunteers and staff to pack and deliver our Comfort Care Bags. Additionally, we As a result, we are unable to pack and deliver, the totes for women and duffel bags for men, until further notice. We remain committed to sharing updates as they are available.
The high costs of cancer care can be emotionally, physically, and financially draining. A recent study finds financial distress can negatively impact a patient’s health. Our programs serve as an answer to the growing demand of unmet needs faced by people diagnosed with or at risk for ovarian or breast cancer. We provide direct assistance services aimed at improving health and saving lives.
Transportation to and from treatment is an important and often overlooked aspect of cancer care. Out of pocket costs related to transportation expenses continue to cause financial hardship resulting in treatment delay or withdrawal. Our Fuel For Treatment gas gift card program serves to relieve some of the financial burden of transportation for qualified Georgia residents, diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer, so they can get to and receive necessary and vital cancer care.
Research findings have demonstrated that mind matters in cancer survival. Interventions that provide emotional and social support may help patients adjust to their condition, uplift their spirits, and can lead to better outcomes. Our Comfort Care Bag program was developed to symbolize hope and show support during a difficult time. Duffel bags for men and tote bags for women are filled with practical care and comfort items to boost patient’s spirits and make treatments more bearable.
We depend on volunteers and staff to pack and deliver our Comfort Care Bags. As a result of COVID-19, we are unable to pack and deliver, the totes for women and duffel bags for men, until further notice. We remain committed to sharing updates as they are available. There is still a great need for Comfort Care Bags, and we feel confident that we can use this time to add to these needed resources for the future. Once the pandemic subsides, we believe that there will be a great need to pack and deliver bags to encourage the thousands of ovarian and breast cancer patients that have been isolated and need a renewed sense of hope.
Cancer continues to be a significant health problem and enormous financial burden. Many Georgia residents living with ovarian or breast cancer delay or stop treatment because of financial barriers. The CSR Hope Program (CSRHP) provides financial assistance to help with many of the costs associated with the various stages of medical treatments patients need to live and range of support services that assist patients to heal. We partner with qualified health care professionals and social workers to ensure access to and receipt of medically necessary and recommended care that increase the ability to carry on with renewed hope for today and pave the way of promise for tomorrow.
While we aspire to help every patient in need, the program disburses assistance on a monthly basis based on each patient’s individual situation and availability of funds. We are not taking applications at this time as we are working to raise funding for the program.