The Issue: Difficulty of Traveling to Medical Centers
Although diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer has dramatically improved over the years, not everyone has equal access to that treatment. For low-income people with breast cancer, taking the bus to and from treatment centers can be a complicated burden, sapping their energy, increasing their stress, and dipping into their meager budgets. Giving people reliable transit to and from treatments can make the journey to good health that much easier.
The Campaign: Providing Taxi Vouchers for Women with Breast Cancer
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Shanti Project to help women receive treatment for breast cancer. For every $40 raised, Shanti Project can provide one round-trip taxi voucher for a woman to get to and from a medical center for treatments. The taxi rides reduce the stress of taking public transportation and the risk of exposure to opportunistic ailments. They also provide relief for patients who are on a thin budget because they are unable to work due to their illness.
When 72-year-old Yolanda was diagnosed with stage-4 breast cancer, she needed help navigating treatments due to a limited English proficiency and the severity of her condition. Furthermore, the side effects from her treatment impaired her ability to work, forcing her to declare bankruptcy. At the recommendation of a social worker at UCSF, Shanti Project stepped in, tailoring a plan to help her schedule and get to and from appointments. They supplemented her mortgage with money from the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, found her a grant to cover pain medicine, set her up with in-home delivered meals, and matched her with a volunteer caregiver.
Without help from Shanti Project, Yolanda might not have received the care she needed. This support is Shanti Project's primary goal—it relieves burdens for people living with chronic health conditions, including breast cancer and HIV. Its programs are as far reaching as the needs of its clients, covering everything from taxi vouchers, volunteer caregivers, and illness counseling to health advocacy and case management in a client's native language.