Surviving Cancer Program gets American Cancer Society grant; Will help patients overcome transportation barriers

On Monday, officials at University Medical Center (UMC) announced that the American Cancer Society has awarded a $17,600 transportation grant to Sobreviviendo el Cancer/Surviving Cancer Program at University Medical Center.

“Through Sobreviviendo el Cancer/Surviving Cancer Program, we provide short-term financial support to help patients stay on their treatment plan when all other funding options, including support from family members, have been exhausted. It is the program’s unyielding goal that no one diagnosed with cancer will ever be forced to choose between groceries, rent, transportation, or utilities over a treatment plan,” said Estela Casas, UMC Foundation Executive Director.

“Coping with cancer is one of life’s greatest challenges and every day, cancer patients may not be able to drive themselves to treatments and family and friends may not always be available. We are grateful for American Cancer Society’s Transportation Assistance grant,” she added.

These grants are available in select communities to address unmet transportation needs of vulnerable populations experiencing an unequal burden of cancer.

“Disparities predominantly arise from inequities in work, wealth, income, education, housing and overall standard of living, as well as social barriers to high-quality cancer prevention, early detection and treatment services,” said Martha Zepeda, Cancer Control Strategic Partnerships Manager.

“The Society collaborates with community health partners to reach individuals in areas with higher burdens of cancer and limited or no access to transportation because even the best treatment can’t work if a patient can’t get there.”

An estimated 124,383 residents will be diagnosed with cancer this year and getting to their scheduled treatment could become one of their greatest roadblocks. To help patients get the critical care they need, American Cancer Society community transportation grants are awarded locally to health systems, treatment centers and community organizations.