The past two weeks have been especially tough for Texans. Hurricane Harvey has left many of our neighbors without a home or unable to return home. I’ve seen reports of families stuck on the second floor of their homes, or those that have lost their normal transportation because of flooding. When we add the pain and trauma of battling blood cancer, I can only imagine the stresses of trying to get to a doctor’s appointment or losing that life supporting medicine. I’m proud to let you know that LLS is here for you. This announcement was released today:
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) joins the nation and the world in concern for those affected by the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, and we extend our condolences to the families of those lost in this natural disaster. We recognize that many of the individuals and families impacted in Texas and Louisiana are blood cancer patients and their families, and that many have been displaced from their homes, are unable to reach their physician or treatment center, or have lost their medications due to the flooding.
In response to the Hurricane Harvey disaster, LLS, as a patients first organization, is committing up to $1 million to provide direct support to blood cancer patients in impacted communities to help with travel to treatment centers and doctor appointments, to replace medications lost due to storm damage, and other needs directly related to the hurricane. Eligible blood cancer patients who live in declared disaster areas will receive $500. Patients must be in active treatment, scheduled to begin treatment or are being monitored by their doctor.
If you are or know someone that was affected, please visit this site to see if you qualify for this new grant: http://www.lls.org/hurricane-harvey-relief
The application process is online and is now active. Additionally, please encourage patients and families to call our Blood Cancer Information Specialists at 800-955-4572 for information and support.
Dawn Guerrero is the Patient Access Manager of the North Texas Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and author of this monthly blog series. She has a Masters in Business Administration and has experience working with varied aspects of the healthcare industry.