Special to the Journal
The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia is now accepting applications for the 2013 Cancer Care Grants: Helping Patients and Families through Local Organizations. The grants are designed to help support local non-profit, community-based health or advocacy organizations that directly assist South Georgia residents undergoing cancer treatment.
“We have been honored to offer these grants annually since 2006. These opportunities allow us to form strong partnerships with other non-profit organizations to help cancer patients and families in need of support,” said Cancer Coalition CEO Diane Fletcher.
Fletcher stressed that the Cancer Coalition is unable to provide financial support to individual patients, but instead relies on its organizational partners to serve more South Georgia residents through the grant program. Grants up to $4,000 are awarded to programs that provide cancer patients with medications to manage cancer-related symptoms such as pain or nausea; cancer-related prostheses; physician recommended or prescribed nutritional support; medical equipment and supplies; transportation for cancer-related medical visits; child care needed for a patient receiving treatment; treatment location lodging; rent/utility/grocery costs assistance; and home accessibility or mobility support. The patients and their families served by these funds must live in the Cancer Coalition’s 32-county service area. Applicants must also not have been funded by the Cancer Coalition in both of the last two funding cycles.
More than $180,000 has been awarded since Cancer Care Grants were first awarded in 2006. Past recipients include: Archbold Memorial Hospital, Bainbridge Advocacy Individual Network, Inc., Cook County Family Connection, Grady County Help Agencies, Healthcare Advocates of Berrien County, Lowndes County Partnership Cancer Fund, Mitchell County Food Bank, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, PinkPals Breast Cancer Support Group, South Georgia Medical Center, Spring Creek Health Cooperative, Tift Regional Medical Center and the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council.
The Community Action Council, located in Moultrie, serves the needs of residents in 14 counties by providing assistance with rent, mortgage, utilities and medications. “Having access to funds that are specifically for the aid of families suffering hardship due to cancer is especially helpful to us since sometimes those families do not qualify for other programs and/or need assistance beyond what our traditional programs can provide,” Denise Bell, Community Action Council staff person, explained.
The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia is the only regional partnership organization in South Georgia dedicated to fighting cancer. The Cancer Coalition is not affiliated with any national organization, allowing it to serve only the residents of local communities who suffer from some of the highest cancer incidence and death rates in the nation. The organization coordinates and supports cancer research, prevention, education and early detection.
Fletcher noted that as an independent non-profit organization, all funds raised locally are used solely for the benefit of local residents and not shared with a national organization. “One of the things we’re most proud of is that 100% of our funds and services stay right here in South Georgia. We are devoted solely to our neighbors.”
Proposals are due August 26, 2013. For a complete list of the Cancer Coalition’s 32-county region, for Cancer Care Grant information, and to download an application, visit www.sgacancer.org. Applications can also be obtained by contacting Jennifer Johnston at 229.312.1700 or Jennifer.Johnston@sgacancer.org.