Over the last 20 years the Cancer Patient Support Foundation (CPSF) has supported over 10,000 local cancer patients and their families. Each year CPSF supports over five hundred local families; enabling them to take care of their families and removing barriers to treatment.
In 2021 CPSF supported 525 local patients, awarding over $155,000. Though patients have many needs the biggest one continues to be transportation. Over $46,000 (30% of the total amount awarded) went to help patients with their transportation costs to get to treatment. Other common needs were help with rent and mortgage which accounts for 16% of the CPSF Emergency Fund, utilities make up 16%, and medical costs account for 8%. Other needs include assistance with food, childcare, and prescriptions. Patients range in age from 23-92 years old, with the majority between 50-69. Patients reside throughout Vermont, in every county. However, Chittenden, Franklin, and Washington counties account for most of our patients. Those three counties combined make up 63% of patients served.
The CPSF Emergency Fund provides financial support and hope. As one patient wrote, “I received the check your Foundation sent to me, and I want to sincerely thank you for your kindness and consideration. At a time when only bad news seems to be prevalent it has been so refreshing to meet so many wonderful people in every aspect of this trying time. There is a silver- lining in every situation and what I found was this world has a lot of great, caring people in it. Thank you for being one of those great people!”
VTAAC 2022 Annual Cancer summit
The Cancer Patient Support Foundation is a proud member of Vermonters Taking Action Against Cancer (VTAAC). We are excited to be part of the planning committee for the VTAAC Annual Cancer Summit! For the 2022 Summit, VTAAC will be hosting a sequence of three abbreviated virtual sessions focusing on health equity and cancer care in Vermont, framed around the new 2025 Vermont Cancer Plan. This virtual summit series is free for all attendees and will be a great opportunity to learn about work happening throughout the state and build valuable partnerships through discussion-based sessions.
Click here to find out more and register for each of the sessions.