Flood disruptions extra challenge for cancer patients

27 June 2013

Calgary -

Because of the catastrophic disruptions in southern Alberta due to flooding, the Canadian Cancer Society is stepping up its efforts to support cancer patients who need assistance.

During this especially trying time, the Society will be flexible in the needs that qualify for our Financial Assistance Program, which typically helps cover accommodation and transportation expenses associated with travelling to and from treatment. We are doing everything we can to ensure people living with cancer in these flooded communities have the support that they need most.

“We know that cancer patients have a lot to deal with when the city is functioning as usual,” says Dan Holinda, Executive Director of the Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT Division. “Following the extreme flooding in southern Alberta, we know we have to make it that much easier for patients and their families to access our support.

“We really want to remind everyone impacted by the flooding that they are not alone. We want them to call us and find out how we can help them through their cancer journey – and this particularly difficult time following the floods.”

The Society also provides trained volunteer drivers to transport patients and their caregivers to and from treatment – a vital service for individuals who don’t have friends or family to help out, or access to a vehicle because of flood damage. To directly support cancer patients in need of transportation, please consider becoming a volunteer driver. Call the Society’s Calgary office at 403-205-3966 or email volunteer@cancer.ab.ca.

To access patient and caregiver support in Medicine Hat, please call the local Canadian Cancer Society office at 403-528-2125 or visit cancer.ca for further information. Cancer patients and caregivers in all other communities affected by severe flooding can call the Society’s Calgary office at 403-205-3966 or visit cancer.ca for more information.

In order to provide critical patient support, the Canadian Cancer Society relies on the support of generous donors.

About the Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Paula Trotter

Communications Coordinator

Phone: 403-541-2339