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!”