AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - Jan 8, 2013) - Today, the LIVESTRONG Foundation announced an expansion of its free cancer support services with the launch of a transportation program that offers rides to and from cancer-related medical appointments in Travis County. Fueled by volunteer drivers, the program is made possible with funding from the Seton Shivers Center and volunteer management by Faith in Action Caregivers (FIAC). Car2Go has also joined in the effort by creating a promotional code for drivers on assignment to use their vehicles at no cost. The transportation program is a welcome addition to the Foundation's robust stable of free services that help cancer survivors and their families cope with the financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany a diagnosis.
"Transportation to and from treatment and other oncology appointments is an all-too-common barrier for people fighting cancer," said Ulman. "Thanks to our partners at the Seton Shivers Center, Faith in Action Caregivers and car2go, the LIVESTRONG Foundation is improving access to timely, high-quality care for cancer patients in Travis County through this free transportation program."
"This program has been such a great help. People in need fall through unforeseen cracks all the time," said program client Cecile Hollyfield. "The LIVESTRONG Foundation has been the safety net that catches me, steers me in the right direction and takes me where I need to go."
Over the span of a year beginning in June 2011, the LIVESTRONG Foundation identified more than 200 local clients in need of a reliable form of transportation, and this year alone, more than 1,000 cancer patients in Texas cited a need for transportation according to the Patient Advocate Foundation. Access to care in Austin is made more complicated due to the lack of a comprehensive cancer center in the region. Most patients have to make separate trips to see their primary physician, oncologist and other specialists, whose offices may stretch throughout the city. Coupled with the sheer volume of appointments, some patients find it impossible to make every trip to receive the care they so sorely need.
Upon recognizing the need, the Foundation took action to help fill this gap in Travis County by reaching out to partners to create this transportation program. Though many Travis County residents have already signed up to volunteer, more assistance is needed to fill out a corps of drivers. Anyone who has a valid driver's license, meets the state minimum insurance coverage and has a safe, reliable car is encouraged to sign up on the program's webpage. Those in need of a ride may contact the LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Center online or call 1-855-220-7777.
The LIVESTRONG Foundation's cancer support services address a wide-range of needs and are available in English and Spanish online, by phone and in person for anyone affected by cancer -- whether you have cancer, or are a loved one, friend, health care professional or caregiver of someone diagnosed. The Foundation began providing these services online and by phone in 2004. In 2011, the Foundation opened the LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Center, co-located at the LIVESTRONG Headquarters in the underserved part of the city in East Austin. This marked an expansion of their navigation services to include an in-person option. The Center is one of just two facilities of its kind in the U.S.
Trained, bilingual navigators are available to help with:
- Emotional Support - assistance coping with a cancer diagnosis, help accessing support groups, as well as peer-to-peer connections
- Fertility Risks and Preservation Options - information on fertility risks and help accessing discounted rates for fertility preservation options
- Insurance, Employment and Financial Concerns - information on employment rights and benefits, financial assistance and debt management, including insurance and billing issues as well as medication co-pay assistance
- Treatment Concerns - general cancer and treatment information, and matching to clinical trials
People affected by cancer can access the Foundation's cancer support services the following ways:
- By phone
- (855) 220-7777 (English & Spanish)
- In person at the LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Center
About the LIVESTRONG Foundation
The LIVESTRONG Foundation provides free cancer support services to help people cope with the financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany the disease. Created in 1997 by cancer survivor and philanthropist Lance Armstrong, the Foundation is known for its powerful brand -- LIVESTRONG -- and for its advocacy on behalf of survivors and their families. With its iconic yellow LIVESTRONG wristband, the Foundation has become a symbol of hope and inspiration around the world. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised nearly $500 million to support cancer survivors and served 2.5 million people affected by the disease. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.