• Want to start a Cancer Fundraiser for the BILLS of Cancer Patients...?

    Asked by barryboomer on Monday, September 8, 2014

    Want to start a Cancer Fundraiser for the BILLS of Cancer Patients...?

    Any Ideas......All the money that they collect but still people are scared of losing their Dwelling....It's a SIN.....Why not have Housing and Expenses for Cancer Patients who can work etc.....I bet MUCH of the money collected winds up in the Cayman's......

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    • Jalemans' Avatar
      Jalemans

      Yes, not much help out there - especially if you have a rare cancer that nobody pays attention to. After much searching, for me the answer will be to file bankruptcy when the time comes so I can keep my house, car, & what is left of my retirement. Never in a million years thought I would be in this situation, but even with insurance the cost of being very sick is overwhelming. Did I mention that ONE drug I was given in July was 17K (no kidding!).

      over 5 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      Why can't they take a small portion of all the Money that all these fundraising scams take in and use it to help pay bills for housing, food and stuff for US?? Everybody is raking in the dough and WE are the foils. Let's start one !!
      It is INDECENT and outrageous for a cancer patient to have no house or food etc. WHAT KIND OF A COUNTRY IS THIS ANYWAY???

      over 5 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      There are so many people out there raising money for their own treatments, funerals, etc. I don't give to these things because I know there are many of us struggling to keep our heads above water. Unfortunately, most cancer funding goes to research (which we need), education, and support programs (rides to treatment, which are needed). If you've worked all your life, you have 401K, which makes you ineligible for Medicaid (til you spend all your money), food stamps, or financial assistance.

      over 5 years ago
    • Keith59's Avatar
      Keith59

      I applaud the idea...but think it next to impossible.

      over 5 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      Hey Keith I agree with you but what's your opinion as to WHY...Why just keep giving to research when only a small amount ever gets to where it's supposed to and they have been looking for a freaking cure forever and still using mostly poison...all sponsored by the DRUG Companies.

      over 5 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      Most of the money DOESN'T go for research and that's the problem....how about 5% of the trillions filtering down to the people who REALLY Need it...what's the problem there....?
      AM I MISSING SOMETHING....?
      UGH!!

      over 5 years ago
    • alimccalli's Avatar
      alimccalli

      Barry - I don't think you are missing anything...some of that money could and probably should filter down to patients. Unfortunately, I agree with Keith that this is next to impossible. It opens up a whole new can of worms which is WHO gets to decide WHO gets WHAT help and WHEN...and these decisions would still be made by people who are driven by their own goals which does not necessarily mean the money would be put to the best use. Even if a fundraiser raised millions for actual patient support, someone has to determine how it will be distributed. And then some people will still be unhappy with how that is done. Definite need for it, no doubt...just don't see how it would work.

      over 5 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      I'm sure SOMEHOW it could be worked out.....smarter minds than mine but it is SORELY needed and nobody is there to help us.....and because of US they are collecting all this money...ugh

      over 5 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      Granted, this is only a drop in the bucket, but in recent years scientists have turned to crowdfunding for their research. The first round of the #SciFund Challenge was held in 2011, in which dozens of scientists from many different disciplines banded together to support each other, publicize the need for research dollars, and communicate to laypeople about what they do. For the type of project it was, it was wildly successful, and has now gone through at least four rounds. One of the scientists, Marisa Alonzo Nunez, is a cancer researcher. She met her fundraising goal, which allowed her to buy antibodies necessary to her work. Here's her project:
      http://www.rockethub.com/projects/3753-cancer-yeast-has-the-answers

      over 5 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      Of course it could be worked out, it is already being done a tiny bit by a few organizations. You know such as Cancer Card Xchange that gives out hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards for groceries and gasoline, and there are others that will pay a utility bill for a cancer patient in treatment but only once. What is needed is serious assistance and the money being raised is going into research. Now I have benefited personally from the research so I think that is wonderful and I support it 100%. But I sure would have liked to have kept my home under my control! They let me live here but there is a huge lean against it and it will be sold immediately when I pass on, and in the meantime of course I can’t sell it or move...however I feel very lucky to still be here and I wouldn’t sell it anyway so I am really complaining about nothing. Some people have been forced to sell! It is terrible! I was lucky that I managed to work out a compromise but not everybody can.
      And I think that is would be a bad idea to just give out cash because you never know what someone will do with it. But to pay a mortgage or pay a bill directly by an organization would be simply wonderful! For example if someone could choose to sponsor a patient ( something like sponsoring a child overseas ) and have the funds syphoned through a charity deduction where they could get a tax deduction- it could work! I am thinking as I am typing so I’m just writing down things as they could come to mind...but yes it could definitely work! I thought of “Adopt a Cancer Patient” but I haven’t been able to make that fly yet....hopefully one day! Another option would be for people to apply for personal assistance just like they have to with any existing charity, they could ask to get their rent paid for a year, and then have it approved if they met the criteria. Why not? Get going Barryboomer!!!! I’ll do what I can!!!!

      over 5 years ago
    • Keith59's Avatar
      Keith59

      @barryboomer...@alimccalli said it very well. So many hoops and red tape....

      over 5 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      How would we start something like THIS. I'm great with ideas but lousy at getting from here to there.
      Stress is very bad for cancer patients and to have financial help (no pay back) for daily things like Housing, Food and Co Pays and for other unforeseen stuff would be amazing. Maybe we'd need to start with a web site....Maybe I could write a song about it.......Don't know but I was wondering IF SOMEBODY COULD follow all the money from ALL the Cancer Fundraising Organizations in the past 40 years HOW MUCH DID THEY MAKE and where did the money flow to. WERE THEY EVER Audited.....Nobody knows HOW difficult getting this beast is BUT to have to deal with the financial grief and especially housing is an abomination. This story needs to get out there. The Komen Breast Cancer fundraising is unbelievable. HOW much do they spend on pink this and that.....I'm Sick of it!!!! You can't pay a mortgage bill with a pink ribbon....give me a break.
      Are these organizations tax free? UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      over 5 years ago
    • BabsWon's Avatar
      BabsWon

      Hi All, There is an organization in Minnesota called The Angel Foundation. Through their Emergency Financial Assistance program, adults in active cancer treatment in the Twin Cities receive emergency financial assistance for non-medical basic needs such as food, gas, utilities, rent or mortgage payments. I found out about them through Minnesota Oncology where I was treated. I have to believe there are other organizations in the U.S. that do the same kind of work. I was fortunate not to need their assistance, but it's good to know they are there for those that really need help.

      over 5 years ago
    • Schlegel's Avatar
      Schlegel

      If you have a blood cancer, LLS has a co-pay assistance program. It reimburses for co-pays and insurance. You have to send in every month and provide documentation for what you have paid. Some years you can get up to $2500 for the year. other times $1800.

      over 5 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      Also, wherever you're being treated, ask the financial office about help. My cancer center has a foundation to help patients in need. When I was taking Emend I qualified for Merck's patient assistance program, which got me the meds at no cost. There are programs out there; we just have to find them.

      over 5 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      My problem is that these HUGE Fundraising Organizations COULD share some of it with US who are the reason they make so much money....We are the forgotten in all this....
      It's all about Research and Grants from Drug Companies and MORE DRUGS.....stolen money and BIG Business.....

      over 5 years ago

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