PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Local breast cancer patients need our help so they don’t have to choose between feeding their families and getting the care they need.
Join us on Thursday, May 14 for a special day of giving for the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Your donations provide funds for transportation, food and lodging for breast cancer patients in treatment.
Typically, the Komen Foundation would start its fundraising efforts in April; however, due to the unprecedented coronavirus crisis, the foundation’s Lunch for the Cure event was canceled, and while donations have dried up, the need for Komen’s relief funds for cancer patients has not.
Or text ‘DAYOFKOMEN’ to 503.461.2294
“People are losing their jobs, being under-insured or under-employed. You put that on top of medical expenses—these are real patients in real time going for care across our region,” said Andrew Asato, CEO of Susan G. Komen Foundation of Oregon and SW Washington.
Komen and KOIN 6 are instead launching a virtual telethon. The longtime partners hope to raise $100,000 on Thursday for Komen’s Treatment Access Program for patients.
“You can live a mile from your hospital and you can receive a $100 gift card that you can use for groceries, electricity, food—whatever have you,” Asato said.
It’s a low-barrier program and nurse navigators are in charge of dispersing the money to patients in as little as five days.
“We came in to check our mail a few weeks ago and written across the back of an envelope it said, ‘Thank you for saving my life’ and it was a Treatment Access recipient,” said Asato.
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