Monday, November 26, 2012

Thankfulness. And an update...

Once a year, people across the United States get together to prepare a big meal, spend time with their family and friends, and remember things for which they are thankful. For cancer patients and their families, that list may be a little longer than usual. For those who are dealing with their first holiday season without a loved-one, Thanksgiving can be an especially difficult time.

Speaking for the staff at Hope Cancer Resources, we are not only thankful on a personal level for good things that have happened in our individual lives, but we are also thankful for the support of the community that surrounds us. Every week we receive a note (or several) in the mail from patients or caregivers who are grateful for our services. Without the support of businesses that sponsored our events, grantors who support our programs, and individuals who make personal donations, we could not help the people we do. So, to those who are making our services possible - we say THANK YOU!

So far this year, your gifts have...

... allowed our vans to travel 127,960 miles to deliver patients to their cancer treatments and associated medical appointments. 

... helped our social workers provide emotional support to 803 individuals who were diagnosed with, recovering from, or surviving after cancer.

... provided $198,918 in emergency financial assistance to people who were struggling to pay the bills as they went through cancer treatment.

... made sure that patients received 1,352 prescriptions to give them a better chance at recovery.

... provided Spanish interpretation for 68 patients so they could understand the doctor and medical staff who were treating them.

... helped us provide 282 cancer screenings to people who may have otherwise chosen not to get one because they couldn't afford the procedures.

... allowed us to share smoking cessation counseling with 103 individuals in our community in an effort to lower the incidence rates of cancer in this generation, and that of our children and grandchildren.

Your gifts - no matter the size - make a tremendous difference in the lives of people living with cancer right here in Northwest Arkansas. Here's a little peek at the amazing impact you have on your neighbors through our programs.
"Thank you so much for all of your help to me. I can't tell you how much the gas cards have helped. But, my biggest thrill of all, was the heat for my home. It's made all the difference in this world to me. Keep up your good work and God bless."
If you would like to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients in our community while you honor a loved-one this holiday season, click on the gift tag image below. 100% of your gift will be used to provide the services listed above. Your gift will provide hope.

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