#SignalBoostSunday: Local Assistance for Cancer Patients

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*****Author’s Note: The following post was published on August 12, 2018 and has not been updated since its initial publication. As this post was written as part of a bigger, older project that has already ended, I do not intend on updating this post with new information about the organizations featured in it. This means some or all of the information in this or other posts in this series may be outdated by the time you read this post.

If you need the latest information on these organizations, it is your responsibility to conduct that research on your own. These posts can be used as a jumping off point for that research, but it is still your responsibility to look up these organizations on your own to verify whether or not their services still exist or will actually work for your needs.

***This blog post is part of a weekly series titled #SignalBoostSunday.  This series will highlight organizations and social causes that are of importance and provide assistance to the Greater Atlanta area. ***

                For this week’s installment of #SignalBoostSunday, we’re looking at three organizations that offer assistance to local cancer patients. This week’s list of resources and organizations is a little unique, however.

                  Our first initiative is not located in the metro Atlanta area. Instead, it primarily serves northeast Georgia. The second initiative is located in the metro Atlanta area. And our third one is partnership between a non-profit and a popular ride-share company.

1.)  The Cancer Foundation 

                Put simply, The Cancer Foundation provides financial assistance for cancer patients in need. Eligible patients can receive financial assistance for expenses such as rent and mortgage payments, utility bills, health insurance premiums and even medical equipment.

                The Cancer Foundation, however, only approves requests for financial assistance from patients who reside in one of 19 northeast Georgia counties, including Barrow, Clarke and Walton.

2.)  Hope Lodge 

                 The Atlanta branch of the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge initiative is located in Decatur, Georgia and was founded in 1998. A Hope Lodge is basically temporary housing for cancer patients and their caregivers who are receiving cancer treatments from a treatment center that is far away from their actual homes.

                 The Atlanta Hope Lodge offers 52 guest rooms. Patients can expect amenities such as: community kitchens and dining rooms, fully-stocked, free-to-use laundry rooms, a library and reflection/meditation spaces, just to name a few.

3.)  Lyft 

                 Lyft is not a non-profit, but it has been reported that as part of a partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS), the ride-share company is now offering free rides, to and from cancer treatments, for cancer patients in Atlanta.

                 The partnership involves the cost of each ride being paid for by the American Cancer Society. Each ride is also arranged by ACS through Lyft’s Concierge platform.

                 Interested patients can call ACS to request a free ride at this number: 1-800-227-2345.

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