CancerCare® Announces Financial Assistance for Cancer Patients in Mid-Hudson Valley

Special funds available to help adults and children with cancer in eight New York state counties

NEW YORK, NY (February 2, 2016) – CancerCare, the leading national nonprofit organization providing free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer, today announced a new financial assistance program for adults and children with cancer in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley region. Grants are available to help eligible patients afford direct and indirect costs of cancer treatment, such as transportation to treatment, home care, child care, treatment co-payments, prescription medication and medical equipment.

The Mid-Hudson Valley Financial Assistance Program is open to patients diagnosed with any type of cancer, who are living in Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia, Greene, Orange, Ulster, Sullivan and Delaware Counties, New York. Patients applying for this program must live in one of these eight counties, have a diagnosis of cancer confirmed by an oncology health care provider, be in active treatment for their cancer and confirm an income up to 600% of the Federal Poverty Limit.

“Cancer is an expensive condition, and patients face financial concerns in many aspects of their lives,” says Jane Levy, LCSW-R, director of patient assistance programs at CancerCare. “Many clients report that CancerCare’s financial assistance programs make an immense difference, both by lessening the financial burden of cancer and helping them feel supported. CancerCare is pleased to be able to offer this new program to assist people with cancer living in the greater New York metro area.”

People receiving financial assistance from also have access to the full array of CancerCare’s services, including counseling, support groups, resource referrals and educational publications and workshops. The robust network of support services offered by CancerCare can have a significant impact on the patient, as well as the entire family.

“I just got out of the hospital and opened my mail to find a check from CancerCare. It made all the difference in the world to me,” shares one client. “Last week I was lying in the hospital bed, worrying about all the bills I had to pay, and this came at just the right time.”

For more information, or to apply for assistance, patients and healthcare professionals can visit www.cancercare.org, or call 800-813-HOPE (4673). CancerCare’s oncology social workers are available to take calls Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

Funding for this program has been generously provided by the Amy P. Goldman Foundation, the Dyson Foundation and other donors.

About CancerCare®

Founded in 1944, CancerCare is the leading national organization providing free, professional 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 oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts. Headquartered in New York, NY, CancerCare maintains three additional locations in Norwalk, CT, Ridgewood, NJ and Syosset, NY.

To learn more, visit www.cancercare.org or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).

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