PATIENT INITIATIVES : Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation
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PATIENT INITIATIVES

Our driving force is to support the patients in our community who need us the most.
The Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation provides funding to enhance patient care in the following ways:

Through the help of our donors, the Patient Assistance Fund has provided over $650,000 in support to over 1000 patients to date.

Thank you to Inspiration 100 for donating $5000 to the PAF in 2020!

 

PATIENT ASSISTANCE FUND

 

A cancer diagnosis can bring with it many uncertainties and unexpected expenses. In an attempt to alleviate some of those burdens, the WCCF created a fund to assist patients at a time when it is needed most. The Patient Assistance Fund (PAF) is available for emergency use when all other forms of financial assistance is not available.

 

Patients will meet with their social workers to determine whether they meet the established criteria in order to qualify for such funding.

 

For information please contact your social worker to determine if you qualify for assistance.

 

If you would like to support the PAF, click here.

Holiday Cheer Program:

Every year, the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation helps selected families spread holiday cheer through the Holiday Cheer Program. These patients receive gift cards to alleviate some of the stress of celebrating the holidays while experiencing the financial stress of cancer treatment.”

 

I am so very grateful for this very kind gift. I appreciate everything and everyone who has helped to make me feel loved, cared for and important during this crazy year.”

DIGNITY ROBES

 

Being diagnosed with cancer is life changing and can turn your world upside down while taking your dignity with it. The Dignity Robe was designed to give women comfort and control, both emotionally and physically, while going through radiation therapy for breast and lung cancer.

 

When a patient goes to the Cancer Centre for the first time, they’re given a gift. They are given a Dignity Robe. These robes come in a choice of colours and open in the front and on the sides with velcro allowing women the control to be partially covered during treatment.

 

“It’s a traumatic experience,” said Audrey Festeryga, a breast cancer patient. “You don’t know what to expect going through treatment. Unlike a hospital gown, these Dignity Robes provide you with a level of comfort, ease and privacy during a fairly intimate situation. They are pretty, practical and I plan on keeping mine as a gardening smock when I no longer need it for therapy. Whoever thought of these, really knew what they were doing.”

 

Attached to every Dignity Robe is a little inscription that reads “This Dignity Robe was made for you in Windsor in the hopes that it helps as you undergo your healing process of radiation therapy. It is yours to take home, launder and iron as needed, and keep, burn, bury or whatever you wish to do with it when you are healed.”

 

Thanks to Mary Lynn Rowberry and her team of volunteers for bringing this idea to the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation and the patients we serve. Caesars Windsor Cares has funded the Dignity Robes in 2017 and 2018.

 

If you would like to support The Dignity Robes, click here.

ROBES FOR RADIATION

 

The Cancer Program provides radiation treatment to approximately 115 patients each day. While waiting to receive radiation treatment, these patients are required to wear a hospital gown and sit in a public waiting area with large windows. As you can imagine, this can be quite uncomfortable for patients who should only be worrying about one thing – getting better.

 

In 2010, the WCCF launched Robes for Radiation, which provides high-quality bath robes, a warming cabinet, and coverage of the laundering costs. One patient graciously stated, “these robes not only provide warmth while radiation clients are waiting for treatment, but dignity, modesty and comfort. They feel to me like a physical and metaphorical hug and make the whole process so much more bearable.”

 

If you would like to support Robes for Radiation, click here.

OTHER

 

The Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation provides funding to support patient care in many more ways, such as:

 

 

• the RENEW Cancer Wellness Program

• Windsor Regional Hospital’s Breast Reconstruction Program

To learn more about the impact of your donations,
please contact us at info@windsorcancerfoundation.org.