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Sale of holiday greeting cards supports CTRC patient fund

Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 · Volume: XLVI · Issue: 25


CTRC’s holiday greeting cards, designed by cancer patients and caregivers, and other gift items support CTRC’s Patient Assistance Fund.
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CTRC’s holiday greeting cards, designed by cancer patients and caregivers, and other gift items support CTRC’s Patient Assistance Fund.clear graphic

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By Rosanne Fohn

The Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio is selling greeting cards designed by cancer patients and caregivers, as well as holiday gift items, to support the CTRC Patient Assistance Fund.

The CTRC Patient Assistance Fund directly supports cancer patients in need. “A cancer diagnosis can be very overwhelming and can affect many other parts of the person’s life besides just the physical part,” explained Mary Jackson, M.S.N., RN, OCN, director of Patient and Family Services.

Helping patients day by day
“The Patient Assistance Fund is there to help with the day-to-day needs of patients based on their ability to pay. For example, some of our patients need to come to the CTRC every day for six weeks for treatments, which can become very overwhelming emotionally, physically and financially. Through the Patient Assistance Fund, we can help by providing a van to bring patients to the CTRC for doctor visits and treatments. We also can defray part of the cost of medications, and help pay for liquid nutritional supplements, food, utilities, rent, gasoline and medical equipment. For our patients with lower incomes, this can mean the difference between receiving cancer treatments and buying food. Your gift to the Patient Assistance Fund can truly make lives better for our cancer patients,” Jackson said.

How to buy the cards and gift items
Cards are sold for a $10 donation ($9 is tax deductible) as a way to honor a friend or family member during the holiday season. A variety of designs are available. Also for sale are CTRC tree ornaments, pen sets, photo coaster sets, mugs and snuggies.

To purchase CTRC’s holiday cards and gift items, please contact Selina Madrid at 210-450-5583.

 
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