Dear Friends of the American Cancer Society,
The devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina has been felt throughout our nation. The American Cancer Society volunteers and staff share the sorrow of our neighbors in the Gulf Region. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by this tragedy.
As a result of Hurricane Katrina and her aftermath, it is vital that the needs of cancer patients and their displaced loved ones are addressed immediately. The American Cancer Society has already made significant progress in connecting cancer patients in the affected region with lifesaving cancer information, resources, and services.
- The National Cancer Information Center (NCIC) 1-800-ACS-2345 (or 1-866-228-4327 for TTY) stands ready 24 hours a day to refer callers to community resources and to triage cancer patients to oncology nurses when appropriate.
- Our Web site (http://news.cancer.org/UM/T.asp?A5131.54904.2.2.7346072) has compiled a comprehensive list of resources to help survivors deal with all aspects of the storm's aftermath.
- Staff and volunteers based in the Gulf Region are on the ground in the affected areas to serve the needs of evacuees, including connecting patients to treatment.
- The American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, and American Heart Association have jointly contributed $1 million to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund to help hospitals, health care systems, and patient support services in the devastated areas become serviceable again.
We wanted you, as a friend of the American Cancer Society, to be aware of the work being done to help cancer patients and their loved ones during this trying time. Your support has enabled us to respond to cancer-related needs, not just in emergency situations such as this one, but on a daily basis. Your generosity is most appreciated, and we thank you.
John R. Seffrin, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
American Cancer Society