The Cancer Patient Support Foundation and the Colon Cancer Coalition are asking you to Get Your Rear in Gear, Virtual Style. On August 9th hundreds of Vermonters will head out to hike, run, bike, row, swim, golf and dozens of other ways to get active and take a stand to support local colon cancer patients and their families.
Click here for your free registration. For 10 years Get Your Rear in Gear has been held in Colchester. This year the event has become virtual but we invite you to use this opportunity to have your team made up of friends and family across the country. Stand in solidarity with our cancer patients and their families and remember those lost. Virtual Blue Mile signs can be purchased in memory of or in tribute to a loved one touched by cancer.
Together Colon Cancer patients and their families will know they are not alone.
Local foundations have stepped up to support cancer patients and their families during this challenging time. As the Cancer Patient Support Foundation had to make the difficult decision to cancel fundraising events including its hugely popular Culinary Classic, local foundations stepped in to make sure that the Emergency Fund which supports nearly 700 local families each year would not be impacted.
The Victoria Buffum Endowment and the Hoehl Family Foundation, both long time supporters of CPSF, offered additional funding to the Emergency Fund. The Emergency Fund provides financial assistance to local cancer patients.This fund helps patients take care of themselves and their families while they are in treatment.
Many families are forced to make decisions between feeding their children or paying for prescriptions; paying the rent or the cost of transportation to the hospital for treatment; or paying the light bill or the costly insurance co-pays. The Cancer Patient Support Foundation is determined that local families do not have to make those choices.
The Hoehl Family Foundation generously provided $35,000 to continue its support of the Emergency Fund.
"The Hoehl Family Foundation is proud to support the Cancer Patient Support Foundation. We truly believe in CPSF's mission and understand the need for their work in supporting patients and their families through an incredibly challenging time. CPSF thoughtfully supports each patient that comes through the door, and we are grateful for the work they do to help so many."
Hoehl Family Foundation Board of Directors
The Victoria Buffum Endowment provided $31,000 in addition to its annual $45,000 in support to ensure that local patients and their families have access to treatment and are able to take care of their families during this challenging time.
"The goal of the Victoria Buffum Endowment at the UVM Medical Center is to ease the burden of the individuals and their families moving through the challenges of treatment and recovery. We know the financial strain can be a large part of the burden, so we deeply value CPSF's dedication to directly helping patients through their Emergency Fund. We are grateful that through our grants to CPSF, we have been able to help hundreds of UVM Medical Center patients over the years."
Marie Wood, M.D., Chair, Buffum Endowment Committee at the UVM Medical Center and
Tom & Melissa Gauntlett, Committee Members & family of founder Victoria Buffum.
The Cancer Patient Support Foundation would not be able to provide the level of support if not for local foundations like the Hoehl Family Foundation and the Victoria Buffum Endowment.
Tim Kavanagh and Candy Weston thought they knew how to handle cancer. This was Tim's 3rd round but in the age of COVID cancer patients are facing even greater hurdles and unbelievable levels of stress.
"With this being our third journey with cancer we thought we were seasoned pros at the emotional, and physical toil it takes on the patient, caregiver and the family." Candy explains,"We couldn't have been more wrong especially with the added complications of Covid restrictions. To be going through this grueling process with limited access to family and friends is extremely difficult. Treatment routines have been greatly impacted. I'm not allowed to be with Tim during chemo and we remove his chemo pump at home. Chemotherapy are highly toxic drugs. It elevates the level of caution, unease, and fear when you're actively taking part in the treatment process in your own home.
We make the best of it but we never could have imagined we would have such significant added challenges. Cancer is challenging enough without restrictions to human contact and support."