Dinners out in Saratoga Springs have stopped -- The Farmers Markets in Troy have stopped --- Concerts in Albany have stopped --- Crowded Riverfront Happy Hours in Schenectady have stopped. But cancer hasn't stopped. So neither have we. That is why we need your help...perhaps now more than ever.
During this unprecedented time the most vulnerable among us – including cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers – need support and resources more than ever. Our family members, friends & neighbors across the Capital Region and beyond are turning to the American Cancer Society for this support in huge numbers.
While our red doors at HopeClub in Latham are temporarily closed physically, our virtual doors to support are not:
· Various HopeClub support groups such as Living with Loss, Reoccurance, Art of Selfcare & Coffee & Conversation are taking place virtually
· Our Weekly Bon Appetite Lunches for HopeClub members are taking place virtually on Thursdays
· We are available 24/7 through our Cancer Helpline (800-227-2345.) Since March, 80% of calls have been COVID-19 related questions such as:
- Is going to treatment worth the risk of getting infected? Or should I delay chemo?
- My treatment was just postponed. What do I do now?
- I’m a cancer survivor that works in the healthcare field. Is it safe for me to go to work?
· Cancer.org/Coronavirus – Provides up to date evidence-based information for patients, survivors and caregivers from our Public Health Experts. We know this need is large as we have seen a 961% increase in clicks over the last month.
In addition, we are proud to share that the American Cancer Society has offered its Hope Lodge facilities across the country to healthcare partners, to provide respite for healthcare workers on the frontlines of the pandemic.
While the need continues to grow, so does the impact on our ability to continue our mission. At this time COVID-19 has forced all our fundraising events to be put on hold creating a devastating funding gap for the ACS and potentially compromising our ability to sustain our life saving mission.
Capital Region - We need YOUR help. If you're able, please consider making a gift to fund our critical work during this unprecedented time, and PLEASE keep up the amazing things you are doing to support one another every day...
From the rainbow covered windows, chalk painted streets to the various businesses providing meals and the ongoing car parades celebrating life’s milestones at a distance - The Capital Region is inspiring us to keep going, and we look forward to uniting again as an even stronger community then we were before.
Your Capital Region American Cancer Society Team