Susan G. Komen affiliates across California launch response fund to support breast cancer patients during COVID-19 pandemic

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Valley News - Health

RIVERSIDE – The California affiliates of Susan G. Komen announced the formation of its Komen California Response Fund to combat the consequences of the coronavirus that is impacting the lives of local patients battling breast cancer.

The fund will help support the unique needs of residents facing breast cancer during this health and economic crisis across their services areas including Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, Inland Empire and Northern and Central California.

The impact of COVID-19, including rising unemployment, mandatory stay at home orders and an overburdened health care system are causing the perfect storm for breast cancer patients who have questions or need care. The fund will allow California Komen affiliates to provide those they serve with the care they need through existing and expanding programs and services, including: patient navigation to support the local breast health community in gaining access to vital resources for treatment by breaking down economic, social and emotional barriers; financial assistance for cost of living expenses for those in active treatment; lifesaving research and clinical trials to discover new treatments and advocacy for transformative health policies and improved access to affordable, high-quality breast health and cancer care services.

It can also provide virtual educational experiences facilitated by experts to provide critical, timely information related to breast health and COVID-19 and addressing questions and concerns on how to cope with stress and anxiety; virtual safe community space for survivors, those living with metastatic breast cancer and advocates to share their stories, build connections and support during this time and operational support in partnership with local breast health organizations to help meet higher demands they are seeing during COVID-19 pandemic.

“Unfortunately, breast cancer does not go on pause during a pandemic. Fortunately, Komen Inland Empire does not stop either,” Jill Eaton, executive director at Komen Inland Empire, said. “During this time of uncertainty people relying on our help.  But we cannot do it alone. We need the help from anyone who can assist us with funds so we can continue to help those in need.”

Individuals and companies interested in supporting the unique needs of breast cancer patients during this health crisis are encouraged to visit https://www.komenie.org to learn more and to contribute to the fund or call Komen Inland Empire at 951-676-7465 or email info@komenie.org.

Submitted by Komen Inland Empire.