by Jeff Manning
The other day we announced a collaboration with the American Cancer Society, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Iowa Department of Health a program called High Ground for Cancer Patients. The following is the release with details.
The Iowa Consortium for Comprehensive Cancer Control announces
High Ground for Cancer Patients
a special initiative to help Iowa cancer patients impacted by the severe weather
A Collaboration of the American Cancer Society, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center,
the Iowa Department of Health and the Lance Armstrong Foundation
DES MOINES, Iowa, June 23, 2008, In response to the devastating floods and tornadoes that have swept through Iowa, five organizations dedicated to fighting cancer have established High Ground for Cancer Patients’ special initiative to help cancer patients and their loved ones living in any officially declared federal disaster county in Iowa.
The Iowa Consortium for Comprehensive Cancer Control is working with the American Cancer Society, the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Lance Armstrong Foundation to provide housing, transportation and medical assistance to cancer patients currently receiving treatment.
Having cancer is hard. But having to deal with the devastating and disruptive effects of these natural disasters on top of it is more than cancer patients and their families should be expected to handle alone,” said George Weiner, MD, Chair, Iowa Consortium for Comprehensive Cancer Control and Director of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Iowa.
These organizations expressed a great desire to support cancer patients who have experienced additional hardship inflicted by flood and tornado damage and immediately took action to provide the services they need now more than ever,” said Weiner.
This cancer relief initiative was established for cancer patients currently receiving treatment and living in Iowa counties that have been designated a federal disaster area. Assistance of up to $1000 is available and is intended to ease the burden of increased transportation, lodging, or other unexpected expenses due to severe storms and flooding.
For information or to learn more about the support available through this effort, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org. Cancer information specialists are available to answer calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week.