CancerCare® Receives $750,000 Grant from The New York Community Trust to Help New Yorkers Affected by Cancer

NEW YORK, NY (MAY 15, 2014) – CancerCare has been awarded a $750,000 grant by The New York Community Trust to provide financial assistance to New York residents and their families who are facing cancer.

The New York Community Trust, one of the country’s largest community foundations, supports charities in the New York metropolitan area. The award to CancerCare, made at The Trust’s April Board meeting, was the largest of dozens of grants totaling more than $5.3 million to 58 nonprofits in all five boroughs. Grants were made in support of the arts, civic affairs, community development, education, the environment, health and human services, historic preservation, legal assistance, and medical research.

“Thanks to the generosity of The New York Community Trust and their renewed commitment to CancerCare, we are better able to meet the ever-increasing needs of New Yorkers affected by cancer,” said CancerCare CEO Patricia J. Goldsmith. “These funds provide a significant source of relief for local families who are coping with the enormous financial and emotional challenges that accompany a cancer diagnosis.”

To learn more about the organization’s financial assistance services, visit www.cancercare.org/financial.

“The financial costs associated with cancer are often overwhelming. Even with insurance, most people are unprepared for the out-of-pocket expenses for medical care. These expenses can include co-payments and medications for side effects, as well as costs for transportation to and from treatment and childcare,” said CancerCare Chief Program and Communications Officer Brian Tomlinson, MPA, BSW. “It is important for people to reach out for help after a diagnosis. At CancerCare, we offer limited financial assistance for cancer-related costs, and our team of oncology social workers can help find valuable resources.”

About The New York Community Trust

Since 1924, The New York Community Trust has been the community foundation of the New York metropolitan area, an aggregate of 2,000 funds created by charitable individuals, families, and corporations to improve the quality of life for all the area’s residents. Grants made from these funds meet the changing needs of children, youth, and families; aid in community development; improve the environment; promote health; assist people with special needs; and support education, arts, and human rights. To learn more, visit www.nycommunitytrust.org.

About CancerCare®

Founded in 1944, CancerCare is the leading national organization providing free support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. Our comprehensive services include counseling and support groups over the phone, online and in-person, educational workshops, publications and financial and co-payment assistance. All CancerCare services are provided by professional oncology social workers and world-leading expert clinicians. To learn more, visit www.cancercare.org or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).

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