The American Cancer Society states that men and women have about a 1 in 3 lifetime risk of developing an invasive cancer. Today we all know, or have, a family member or friend directly affected by a cancer diagnosis. We are thankful researchers are working diligently to find a cure.
There are organizations that provide some help in meeting the emotional, physical and basic financial needs our family members and friends. However, our family members and friends also have monthly expenses such as mortgage/rent and insurance payments, additional childcare, credit card, cable or phone bills and other everyday bills that continue to mount which these organizations often do not, or cannot, assist at their level of need or will even assist at all.
Our country raises millions of dollars for research and for the screening and treatment of low income and uninsured individuals which we regularly hear about and is a wonderful effort.
When do we hear about money specifically raised to help those in treatment who experience quality of life, financial hardships associated with them seeking treatment?
Unfortunately we do not. Christians Overcoming Cancer (COC) exists TO HELP THEM.
COC offers Central Ohioans 24-hour emotional support through our We Care project where we offer support services ranging from a listening ear to companionship at treatments to family support during surgery for a cancer patient. Through our Dollars Allocated to Assist (DATA) general fund, and our Mark Hudson II fund (restricted for families with children diagnosed with cancer), we serve as a financial resource bank maintaining a database of organizations offering financial and other assistance to cancer patients. Should we not locate an organization able to meet the person's financial needs, we, from donations received, are prepared to help.
Our goal is to help maintain the stability and quality of life for a cancer patient so they can focus on what is really important . . . THEIR RECOVERY!