You can be a Hope Hero to a local cancer patient and their family. A cancer diagnosis can be financially devastating. Many local patients struggle to not only access medical treatment but to meet the basic needs of their families. You can sponsor one local cancer family for $400 or $33.33 a month.
Some patients delay treatment simply because they cannot afford the gas to put in their cars; others make difficult choices between taking life-saving medications or feeding their children. The Cancer Patient Support Foundation (CPSF) has been providing emergency financial support for local cancer patients and their families in Vermont and Northern New York for more than 18 years. The need is growing.
“Many patients are unable to work while they are in cancer treatment,” explains Sarah Lemnah, Executive Director of CPSF. “They tell us they are more worried about the money than the cancer. As they struggle to afford the cost of transportation to hospital visits, prescriptions, and medical costs not covered by insurance they also grapple with how to take care of their families.” She continued, “Expenses like rent, food, childcare, and utilities still need to be paid and many of our patients have no income for months. It is heartbreaking to hear these families so stressed about the money that they are unable to focus on getting well.”
“Cancer changes your life in one day.” Cyndi of Waterford, VT explains, “I went from having a great job able to work 40 hours a week with two incomes to only one income, and it was all a blur.” You can be a hero to patients like Cyndi and her family. For each Hope Hero donation, a custom Vermont Teddy Bear with our “Hugs, Hope, Happiness” logo will be given to a local patient in treatment, or you can give to someone in your life touched by cancer. Cancer does not discriminate; CPSF’s patients range in age from 2-93 years old. You can make sure that one local family receives the support they need to get through this difficult time and know that they are not alone.
CPSF has seen an increasing need. In just three years there was a 268% increase for Emergency Fund dollars. More than $382,000 was awarded to local patients in Vermont and Northern New York from 2017-2019; and more than $2 million since the fund’s inception. Each year more than 600 families are supported by CPSF thanks to the generosity of our donors in Vermont and Northern New York.
Support a local cancer patient and their family. All funds stay locally in Vermont and Northern New York. For more information go to www.cpsfvt.org/hero or call 802-488-5495.
The Cancer Patient Support Foundation (CPSF) is an independent nonprofit organization which supports cancer patients and their families, in Vermont and Northern New York in a time of extraordinary need, by providing financial assistance, underwriting counseling services, and acting as a resource during diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.