Grant To Help Cancer Patients’ Families

Monday July 28th, 2014

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The Windsor Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation was recently awarded a $25,000 grant through the Green Shield Canada Community Giving Program.

The grant will provide one third of this year’s budget for the Foundation’s Patient Assistance Fund.

“It is with sincere gratitude that the Windsor Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation is the recipient of a GSC Community Giving Program grant for our Patient Assistance Fund. We feel that this Program strongly aligns with GSC’s desire to help serve those that are underserved, and makes a large impact on those living with cancer in our community, every day. On behalf of those who will benefit from this grant, thank you,” says Houida Kassem, Manager and Director of Development for the Foundation.

The Patient Assistance Fund, begun in 2009, responds to the most financially vulnerable local cancer patients and their families. It is a source of hope and comfort when they have no one else to turn to. Short term assistance is provided for a myriad of urgent needs. Examples include exempt prescribed medications; dental consultations and dentures (for head and neck cancers); food; rent; utilities; home health care appliances; out of town medical travel expenses; child essentials and Christmas gifts. Eligible patients are confidentially screened and needs professionally assessed by the Supportive Care Department within the Windsor Regional Cancer Program.

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