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Farrah Fawcett Patient Assistance Fund launched to help address the needs of cancer patients

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March 31, 2014

Farrah Fawcett Foundation logo - courtesy of The Farrah Fawcett Foundation

The Farrah Fawcett Foundation has donated an initial gift of $25,000 to establish a patient assistance fund to help patients with expenses related to cancer treatment.

“Many cancer patients are faced with having to make treatment decisions based on finances rather than what is best for their health,” said Jena Cooreman, a social worker at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. “Lack of financial resources can significantly impact a patient’s ability to fully engage in his treatment and thus the outcome can be compromised.

Jena Cooreman © UC Regents
Jena Cooreman

The Farrah Fawcett Patient Assistance Fund will be used for gas, public transportation, groceries, meals and inexpensive overnight accommodations for eligible patients who have to travel significant distances for cancer treatment.

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The foundation’s mission is to provide funding for cutting-edge cancer research, and prevention, and to help those struggling with cancer. Fawcett, who died in 2009 of metastatic anal cancer, started the foundation after her diagnosis in 2006.

According to the foundation website, Fawcett cared deeply about those less fortunate than she and struggling with financial hardships as a result of their diagnosis.