August 26, 2014
Cancer is one of the toughest illnesses to battle, both on an individual level and as friends and family of a patient. It can be taxing in many ways: medical expenses, loss of livelihood, emotional burden—the list just goes on and on.
In an article published in the San Jose Mercury News, Cancer CAREpoint, an eBay Giving Works partner charity, was featured for their advocacy, which goes above and beyond the usual needs of cancer patients.
"When someone is diagnosed with cancer, their whole world turns upside down," he says. "They have to figure out how to deal with the reality of the medical world, treatments, learn a new language and doctor visits. Then there is the reality of the non-medical impact of cancer--How does this impact my family? Can I still work? What about income? Do I have to eat different foods? How do I prepare for surgery?"
Tufel says Cancer CAREpoint is really a complement to the medical care patients are getting.
"Obviously, the doctors and nurses don't have the time to offer these kinds of services, but we can offer that emotional piece. We have support groups; we have practical nutrition classes, educational series, therapeutic massage and we just started a wig bank. We have both the practical and emotional side of things."
Noting the effects of cancer not only on the patients but also on the people close to them, it takes a lot of time, effort, and dedication for strangers and groups like Cancer CAREpoint to give that additional support without getting or expecting something in return. It is mostly through volunteers, donations, and non profit fundraisers that Cancer CAREpoint, as well as other charity organizations we support, are able to continue to provide their selfless kind service.
According to the American Cancer Society, people afflicted with cancer often go through bouts with anxiety, fear, and depression. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to handle these cases, and this involves the patients and the people taking care of them. Though certain medications can help alleviate the pain, which in turn, temporarily relieves anxiety, they only serve as band-aid solutions as far as the emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspects are concerned.
Recognizing the value these groups contribute to society, we as a community should never get tired of helping in any way possible. If you are searching for a non profit fundraiser and have yet to find one, Cancer CAREpoint is a good option, as you will be extending a helping hand to people who are in pain that goes beyond the physical.
(Source: “Cancer CAREpoint is all about non-medical care for cancer patients,” San Jose Mercury News, February 12, 2014)