Imagine being told “You have cancer.”
Then imagine that you have the choice between paying for treatment or paying your mortgage, or between paying for medications or paying your electric bill. Unfortunately, there are many cancer patients in Palm Beach County who face these choices every day.
The primary focus of the Cancer Alliance is to help these cancer patients, who live in Palm Beach County, with their ordinary living expenses such as rent and mortgage, utilities, auto and health insurance, car payments, and other basic necessities. We have paid over $2, million to help cancer patients and their families and the demand keeps rising.
We have helped patients throughout Palm Beach County and from as far south as Coral Springs and as far north as Port St. Lucie, representing over 35 communities and over 1,000 patients and their families. Referrals come from the major cancer centers and the two hospices in Palm Beach County, the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure – South Florida, Palm Beach County Department of Health and the Palm Beach County Medical Society and other organizations, as well as local oncologists. We have assisted patients from newborns to age 92, from many races, religions and backgrounds, and with different types and severity of cancer.
Another initiative of the Cancer Alliance the “Community Cancer Council”, comprised of organizations that serve cancer patients in our community. The council is made up of over 90 groups from all over Florida. It has opened up lines of communication and created opportunities for networking and collaboration between groups.