Patients with cancer face many physical and emotional challenges. The Gail Robinson Fund was established to help with one source of the stress breast cancer patients may experience: the financial burden of the disease and its treatment.
The financial burden can take many forms. The lack of adequate insurance coverage means paying out-of-pocket for drugs and other treatment, or for hospital bills. In some cases, paying for additional help at home is necessary. The Fund accepts applications for grants to cover these types of expenses associated with the disease and its treatment.
The Fund may also provide grants for expenses other than medical bills or treatments. For those with metastatic breast cancer, the future can be uncertain and frightening. Hope and optimism for the future may be tempered with the challenge of an uncertain prognosis. Time is a precious commodity. But working and maintaining a full time job - either by the patient, spouse or partner, or other close family member - may be the only way to continue insurance coverage, or pay the bills.
The Fund accepts applications to fund opportunities for patients and their families to spend more time together - a gift of time. Gaining more time together might take the form of time-off or a short leave of absence from a full-time job for the patient, spouse or partner, or close family member or caregiver, in order for family members to be fully present in the life of the patient. In this case a grant from the Fund could provide financial support to enable what might otherwise be an unpaid leave of absence from a job. It might be a trip together with family or friends in between treatments.