CPSF REACHES $2 MILLION DOLLAR MILESTONE IN FUNDS AWARDED TO LOCAL CANCER PATIENTS AND FAMILIES
The Cancer Patient Support Foundation (CPSF) announced that they have reached a $2 million milestone in funds awarded directly to local cancer patients and their families. CPSF’s Emergency Fund is the only fund that serves the entire state of Vermont and Northern New York helping local cancer patients and their families with emergency financial needs to access medical treatment and assist with their everyday expenses.
“Many cancer patients are unable to work during treatment or work reduced hours meaning while their expenses rise their income goes down.” According to Sarah Lemnah, CPSF Executive Director, “Many of our patients tell us they are more scared about their finances than the cancer. Cancer patients and their families struggle with the cost of transportation to the hospital, medical co-pays and deductibles, prescriptions, housing, utilities, food, and childcare. The foundation is proud to have reached this milestone of having awarded $2 million directly to local cancer patients. The foundation supports over 500 local families each year. Last year alone, CPSF awarded nearly $190,000 to 509 local families.”
Each patient supported by the foundation has an amazing story about their journey through treatment and the impact CPSF has had on them and their family.
When Cathy Connors of Burlington, a 52-year-old mom of 2, was diagnosed with breast cancer it was "overwhelming," Luckily her employer said they would hire a temp while she was in treatment, stating "they didn't want her to worry about losing her job." However, not long after as Cathy sat in the emergency room sick as could be with a blood infection she got a text from her boss to check her email. She checked her email only to find that she had been terminated. “I felt betrayed. Where was the support I was promised?” CPSF awarded Cathy funds to help her get thought this most challenging time. As Cathy states "this fund helps us survive another day."
Susannah McCandless, a 40 years old from Vergennes, has been living with cancer since 2009 when she was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia. So rare that no one had ever seen it at UVMMC. Susannah thought she was going to die as the doctor read the diagnosis from the website. After spending a month in a Boston hospital with family members taking time off from work to be by her side she started the slow return to normal live. “Managing this disease is a fulltime job. It could have easily bankrupted my family even with good insurance. I had my total body radiated and lost 40%of my body weight in 2 months. Cancer changes not only your health but your day to day reality. Access to resources like CPSF eases the burden, helping shift your focus from making ends meet to get well.” Changing focus from worrying about paying the bills to getting well is imperative for patients and their families. For James Schumacher, a 53-year-old from Barre, his lung cancer diagnosis came as a huge shock. “I had just moved back to Vermont from Florida and I thought I had pulled a muscle. It was a tumor pressing on a nerve. At first, they said the x-ray was fine and then the nurse came running after me. I had to have 4 ribs, 27 lymph nodes and ½ of a lung removed.” James has had no income for over a year due to his treatment and recovery. As the bills stacked up he was worried about what the future held then he got a call that funds were available. I “broke down crying, it helped me concentrate on myself, have a good attitude even when the radiation was so bad I couldn’t swallow applesauce. You don’t want to have to worry about bills; the support helped me get through it.”
CPSF supports families during their most difficult time when little things become huge. The winters get cold in Wolcott, especially when both husband and wife are diagnosed with cancer and are unable to work. Amy and Francis Hill have been used to being on the giving end, not receiving. Francis who formerly owned an excavation company talks about donating an $18000 project for a customer who was down on their luck. CPSF was able to help them get firewood to heat their home for the winter. Amy shared “I do not know what we would have done without it. Seeing firewood is like Christmas.”
For over 16 years the Cancer Patient Support Foundation has supported 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.
CHEF CHRISTIAN KRUSE NAMED CULINARY CUP WINNER AT 2nd ANNUAL CULINARY CLASSIC. OVER $112,000 RAISED FOR CANCER PATIENT SUPPORT FOUNDATION.
Chef Christian Kruse, Executive Chef of the Basin Harbor Club was named the Culinary Cup winner at the 2nd annual Culinary Classic to benefit the Cancer Patient Support Foundation (CPSF). The Culinary Classic featured 6 of the areas top chefs : Chef Donnell Collins of Leunig’s Bistro & Café, Chef David Hoene of Pauline’s Café, Chef Shawn Calley of the Burlington Country Club, Chef Narin Phanthakhot of Butch & Babe’s, Chef Kevin Sprouse of the Farmhouse, and Chef Christian Kruse of the Basin Harbor Club. Chef Christian’s winning dish was Vermont Creamery Chevre & beet root salad with goat cheese panna cotta, and pickled & roasted beets.
Over 350 people crowded UVM’s Davis Center for the culinary event of the year. Chef Narin Phanthakhot was named the People’s Choice for his green curry rubbed pork loin with gritty cornmeal cake, and coconut-squash puree with braised cabbage and apples. The evening was marked by a number of emotional moments as cancer patients talked about the impact this local nonprofit had on their lives. Karen Newman, a recipient of CPSF’s Emergency Fund gave a rousing speech explaining “when you support this foundation you save lives.” Tim Kavanagh, the emcee, shared his journey with cancer and asked fellow cancer patients who have received support from CPSF to join him on stage where over $18,000 was raised in 10 minutes from donations from the audience.
The Culinary Classic was presented by NorthCountry Federal Credit Union.
The Culinary Classic benefits the Cancer Patient Support Foundation which is the only local nonprofit that provides financial support for cancer patients and their families throughout Vermont and Northern New York. For over 15 years the Cancer Patient Support Foundation has been supporting cancer patients and their families in a time of extraordinary need, by providing financial assistance, underwriting counseling services, and acting as a resource during diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.
HEALTHY TIPS FOR CANCER TREATMENT FRIENDLY HOLIDAY MENU PLANNING
The Holidays for many of us revolve around family and food. However, if someone in your family is in cancer treatment food can be a tricky issue. Has your loved one lost their appetite? Are you confused about what types of food to have on your holiday table? Each person’s journey through cancer treatment is different, however the one constant is that it is more important than ever that they eat a diet of protein, complex carbs, good fats, and vitamins to build their immune system, increase their strength, and help their body repair. The good news is that these foods are delicious and healthy choices for everyone visiting your home this holiday season.
Put out the nuts! A bowl of mixed nuts contains protein, fiber, and good fat. Want something sweet? That does not have to be a cookie it can be the original sweet treat, which is fruit of course. Citrus fruits and berries have antioxidants, Vitamin C and even fiber and of course they taste yummy. In fact a fruit salad is a wonderful dish to have this holiday season.
Protein builds your immune system, muscles, and repairs tissues so don’t skimp on having plenty of protein. Good protein options include nuts, eggs, lean meats, fish, beans, and legumes. Wild Salmon is a great choice for protein, iron, and omega 3 fatty acids. There are a lot of side dishes that have great health benefits for cancer patients including sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, beans, and whole grains. Still craving something a little sweet how about honey in your tear instead of sugar, or try a yogurt which can be found in all sorts of decadent flavors like cheesecake and key lime pie. If you must have the cookie (and let’s face it, your probably will) try ginger cookies. Ginger is a natural antioxidant that supports healthy digestion, alleviates nausea, and helps with inflammation. So I say Happy Holidays and bite the head off of the closest gingerbread man you can find as you enjoy your family feast.
CANCER PATIENT SUPPORT FOUNDATION TO PARTNER WITH PORTER MEDICAL CENTER
The Cancer Patient Support Foundation (CPSF) is excited to announce a new partnership with Porter Medical Center. CPSF has agreed to underwrite the patient share for local cancer patients to receive nutritional counseling at Porter instead of having to travel to the University of Vermont Medical Center. The funds will be available to offset any out-of-pocket expenses cancer patients might otherwise incur, such as gaps in insurance and deductibles for nutritional counseling. Sarah Lemnah the Executive Director of the Foundation stated "We look forward to our new relationship with Porter, striving mutually to make the journey cancer patients and their families face a bit easier." For many cancer patients in treatment they face challenges regarding what types of food they are able to eat , how they can maintain the proper weight, and how they can better tolerate treatment. The nutritional staff at Porter Medical Center is available and is currently seeing local cancer patients to help them with their nutritional needs.
"I am excited to have the opportunity for Porter Hospital and the Cancer Patient Support Foundation to partner and be able to provide this service, per our Mission Statement "To Improve the Health of Our Community One Person at a Time", which I truly believe in," stated Laura Brace, the Director of Nutritional Services for Porter.
The Cancer Patient Support Foundation is very excited to support Porter Medical Center in bringing this much needed service to Addison County to better support local cancer patients.
The Cancer Patient Support Foundation (CPSF) is an independent local nonprofit organization which supports cancer patients and their families in Vermont and Northern New York. Support from CPSF helps patients meet their co-insurance obligations and receive nutritional and psychological counseling. In addition, CPSF provides emergency financial assistance for patients experiencing hardship due to their illness and treatment.
CPSF has been helping cancer patients and their families for over 15 years. It was inspired by the desire of cancer survivors and other dedicated members of the community to provide a helping hand in a time of extraordinary need. In that same spirit, today's CPSF services are funded entirely by donations and grants. Click here to help support local cancer patients.
CPSF PRESIDENT BOBBE MAYNES' EXPERIENCE WITH CANCER
Thirteen years ago this November I went in for my first (routine) colonoscopy. Three days later I was diagnosed with Colon Cancer to the surprise and shock of my entire family. What followed was four months of doctor’s appointment, further screenings, chemotherapy, radiation treatments and eventually surgery. Through it all I had a huge network of support for meals, rides to treatments (so my husband could work), calls and cards to lift my spirits, visits from friends and loved ones and the luxury of having just sold a business so that I did not have to work for several months. I was so very blessed.
For many, however, a diagnosis of cancer is devastating and overwhelming for the patient and the family. There simply is not that network of support. The medical attention to treat the disease over the next several months or years means a complete change in the daily lives of everyone involved. And, that is why the Cancer Patient Support Foundation exists – to help make the diagnosis and treatment journey just a bit easier for patients and their families. From supporting psycho-social counseling, to providing emergency financial assistance and to underwriting mindfulness techniques for health and wellness, CPSF is there. Please get to know us and contribute your time, talent or dollars to help us be there for thousands of cancer patients each year. You will be so glad you did!
Bobbe Maynes, President Cancer Patient Support Foundation
In addition to volunteering at the Board President of CPSF, Bobbe is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman in Burlington.
CPSF PARTICIPATES IN ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION WITH JOE BIDEN, PATRICK LEAHY, AND OTHERS.
The Cancer Patient Support Foundation participated in a roundtable discussion with Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Patrick Leahy, Representative Peter Welch, Governor Peter Shumlin, Dr. Gary Stein, Director of the Vermont Cancer Center, and Dr. Harry Chen, Vermont Department of Health Commissioner. Sarah Lemnah, CPSF Executive Director,and Kim Luebbers, CPSF Board Member and Assistant Dean of Clinical Research Administration at UVM participated in the Vice President's panel. Lemnah expressed her concern to Vice President Biden that the financial needs of those facing cancer are not currently addressed.