Five cancer non-profits join forces to provide support to patients


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Five non-profits are setting up shop in the lobby of the IU Health Simon Cancer Center to provide free support to cancer patients.

The American Cancer Society, Cancer Support Community Central Indiana, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Little Red Door Cancer Agency, Susan G. Komen Central Indiana and Indiana University Health are collaborating in a first of its kind partnership. These groups typically compete for donors’ dollars. Now they are working side-by-side to better meet patients' needs.

At diagnosis patients are overwhelmed. They have many needs and questions and often don't know where to turn for help and guidance.

Collectively these agencies provide a variety of support services that include, help with transportation to and from treatment. There is assistance for a place to stay for patients and their loved ones. Insurance enrollment and co-pay assistance is also available.

Patients may also connect with counseling groups and wellness programs. A variety of wellness options include yoga, tai chi, art and music therapy.

Patients can learn about wigs and where to obtain other personal and medical durable goods. All of the services and programs are free to cancer patients and their families.

You do not have to be an IU Health patient to access the Cancer Resource Center from 8am to 4:30pm. The Methodist Health Foundation and multiple donors funded the center which officially opened on Giving Tuesday. Volunteers provide the staffing.

To learn more and sign up for volunteer training, click here or go to 1030 W. Michigan Street, first floor lobby of the IU Health Simon Cancer Center.