Lincoln County Haulers are working together in partnership with local hospital foundations, to help give Lincoln County patients help in their fight against cancer. Lavender donation envelopes will be arriving in October garbage billing statements that can be used to make tax-deductible donations to help cover non-medical living expenses for Lincoln County residents fighting all forms of this dread disease.
“This program started in Bend, Oregon and raised over $31,000 last year,” said Rob Thompson, of Thompson’s Sanitary, a driving force behind the local Can Cancer campaign. “If everyone in Lincoln County donated just a little, we would have enough money to significantly ease the financial burden of those battling cancer.”
Dahl Disposal, North Lincoln Sanitary, and Thompson’s Sanitary are the Lincoln County Haulers joining in the effort. Together they have covered all the expenses of this local appeal so that 100 percent of the donations go directly to the patient and their families. Patients can receive up to $250 for non-medical expenses related to their care and treatment, such as fuel, travel, utilities, and food.
“This program helps to fill the void between what a patient can pay and what their insurance will cover,” said Rebecca Fransham, social worker in the Samaritan Pacific Health Services (SPHS) Outpatient Treatment Center. “Fighting Cancer takes incredible emotional strength and financial resources. Providing this gift can significantly contribute to a patient’s healing.”
Residents can make a tax-deductible donation by using the lavender envelope to send a check or credit card donation or log onto to www.samhealth.org/pchdf or www.samhealth.org/nlhf to make an on-line donation through one of the hospital foundations. The Can Cancer fund is managed by the Pacific Communities Health District Foundation in Newport and by North Lincoln Hospital Foundation in Lincoln City.
For more information, contact Pacific Communities Health District Foundation (541) 574-1810 or North Lincoln Hospital Foundation at (541) 996-7102.