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Funds go to many areas

As we roll into 2016 I wanted to share some very important information. Many know that funds raised for the American Cancer Society go to research, but are you aware of where else the funds go?

There are many places that funds raised are used that are priceless to a cancer patient, their caregiver and their families.

 

Where to Go For Help

A century ago, cancer patients and their caregivers were on their own, but thanks to the American Cancer Society, all that’s changed. Each year, the society helps cancer patients everywhere get the help they need, when they need it. Here are just some of the services the society provides, with the help of our generous supporters.

 

Patient Navigators

Fighting cancer is tough enough without worrying about bills, health insurance, appointments and finding the best resources. Society patient navigators guide the newly diagnosed through the complex treatment maze at more than 100 U.S. hospitals. For information call 1-800-227-2345.

 

Online Support

Patients and caregivers have access to extensive cancer information and educational resources about how to prevent, find, treat and cope with cancer, as well as an array of caring online communities and social networks. For unlimited information anyone can go to www.cancer.org 24/7.

 

Help Any Time, Day or Night

Cancer information specialists answer calls 24/7, providing support and answering questions about cancer, clinical trials, how to quit smoking and connecting callers to local resources. For information as well as support, call 1-800-227-2345.

 

Lodging

With 31 locations nationwide, Hope Lodge provides a free, temporary place to stay for patients who must travel away from home for treatment. Patients save millions of dollars in lodging costs and can focus on getting well.

 

Transportation –

Road to Recovery

Volunteers provide thousands of free rides each year for patients unable to get to their treatments on their own. Patients save money and can stick to their treatment schedule. Caregivers also get a much-needed break.

 

Managing Side Effects – Look Good Feel Better

Treatments take a physical toll, and the society helps women, men and teens cope with appearance-related side effects. Looking one’s best helps improve a patient’s quality of life.

 

Support Groups

Sharing with another person facing cancer can make all the difference. Volunteers—many of whom are survivors themselves—lead local society-sponsored support groups nationwide.

 

Wellness

Educating people about staying well is key to preventing cancer and for recovery after treatment. Society staff and volunteers share proven tips on physical activity, nutrition and overall health in schools, businesses and communities across the country.

For more information on any of these programs go to www.cancer.org, or call 1-800-227-2345 24 hours a day. You can also contact your local community manager, LaChona Ferguson at 740-708-5186 or LaChona.Ferguson@cancer.org for the Lawrence County area.

 

LaChona Ferguson is the community manager for Relay for Life, East Central Division. She can be reached at 740-708-5186 or LaChona.Ferguson@cancer.org