‘Cancel Cancer’ Fuels Innovative Treatments And Patient Support During Pandemic

October 15, 2020
Cutting-edge clinical trials and breakthrough research are examples of the bold impact made possible by local philanthropists who partner with the Community Foundation of Broward.

Lifesaving clinical trials, close to the Broward cancer patients who need it. Rides to the doctor, counseling and other critical support to help patients and their families take on cancer.

The Community Foundation of Broward’s Cancel Cancer grants make bold impact like this possible. Thanks to local philanthropists who partner with the Community Foundation to fight cancer, we have deployed $1.5 million in Cancel Cancer grants since 2016.

Now the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic are creating new threats and stresses for cancer patients – who are already in a fight for their lives.

So, our latest wave of Cancel Cancer grants invests more than $290,000 in innovative treatments and critical patient support – which includes financial assistance and other aid to help Broward cancer patients overcome the hardships of the coronavirus crisis.

For example, our new Cancel Cancer grants support innovative treatment and research, such as:

  • Nova Southeastern University: Evaluate 80 multiple myeloma patients from Broward to better understand the side effects of chemotherapy drugs to improve treatment for this type of blood cancer – reducing or eliminating rounds of chemotherapy.
  • Holy Cross Health: Use genetic molecular profiling to improve treatment and care for 100 Broward cancer patients, based on the interaction between their genetic characteristics, immune responsiveness and other factors.
  • University of Miami, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center: 50 late-stage cancer patients from Broward will be matched with phase three clinical trials through the use of circulating tumor DNA to identify biomarkers that help identify the treatment options.

The new Cancel Cancer grants also invest in critical patient support such as:

  • Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation: Emergency financial assistance for 10 low-income families who have children undergoing cancer treatment and who are also facing economic hardship during the pandemic. The grant helps families pay for food, utilities, transportation and other essentials.
  • American Cancer Society: Offer door-to-door transportation for up to 200 Broward cancer patients, using ridesharing services, volunteers or taxis to get them to their treatments. This reduces the strain on families and other caretakers, while providing patients easy transportation alternatives.
  • Gilda’s Club of South Florida: Provide 180 cancer patients and their families or caregivers access to support groups, workshops and health lifestyle programs where they can learn more about cancer treatment, ways to improve their mental and physical health and connect with others who face similar challenges.

Thanks to Fundholders who create endowed charitable Funds at the Community Foundation, Broward cancer patients are getting more help to overcome their disease.

And through the power of endowment, the Community Foundation will be there to fuel the innovative bold solutions Broward residents need – during this crisis and beyond.

The new Cancel Cancer grants were made possible by support from the following charitable Funds at the Community Foundation of Broward:
  • Mary N. Porter Cancer Research Fund
  • Mary N. Porter Community Impact Fund
  • Discretionary Community Fund
  • Donald Vander Linde Fund
  • Harold D. Franks Cancer Fund
  • Leonard & Sally Robbins Fund

The Humana Foundation’s recent collaboration with the Community Foundation of Broward contributed to support for Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation.
Learn More

To learn how you can use a charitable Fund at the Community Foundation of Broward to help Cancel Cancer, contact Vice President of Philanthropic Services Nancy Thies at nthies@cfbroward.org or 954-761-9503.

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