This has been a rough year. I am weary. Cancer Services of Grant County’s income is not keeping up with the needs of this community. Grant County is the #1 county for Cancer in Indiana. That title is something we have shared with Blackford County back and forth for decades. That is why our local leaders back in the 1950’s established this organization. Back then it was called the Grant County Cancer Society until the American Cancer Society sued us and other organizations for having society in their name. But, that’s a story for another day. Our community’s needs continue to grow and the needs of Cancer Services of Grant County continue to grow.
In the past 19 years Cancer Services of Grant County has seen a 2,588% increase in clientele. Today we serve over 500 clients every year. In 1999 I worked with a dozen families; a dozen families that set the framework for this organization today. The challenges they faced, the gaps that kept them suffering and their lack of access to care. Their challenges became my challenges. The solutions changed their cancer journey. Gaps were filled. Bridges were built, medicines were purchased, transportation was provided, and education and patient navigation included. Free screenings and outreach programs were initiated. Anxieties were lessoned. Hope was instilled. And access to care was a reality. Folks walk taller when they walk out our doors.
Since 1959 our services have been provided at no cost to those facing cancer. There are no fees for service, and our services cannot be billed to any insurance company. We serve your families facing cancer like they are our family. And families don’t charge family for their help.
58 years of continued service to a community as a not-for-profit is a great accomplishment. Thousands of families have been positively impacted through our efforts in those many years. Your families have been touched, my family has been touched, and my entire staff’s families have been touched.
We will all be touched by cancer personally or through family and friends being diagnosed. CSGC is available to all of us in Grant County. All ages, all cancers, all members of this community. Because you see, cancer doesn’t care how old you are how much you are loved, how alone you are or how much money that you have, but we do. Cancer Services of Grant County is here to embrace your needs and hold your hand throughout your cancer journey. The more you share your journey the more we can help.
Our income is based on memorials, donations, grants, estates and fundraising events. We do not receive federal, state or local funding, and we ARE NOT funded by any national cancer agencies.
We depend on the generosity of our community to support this local organization. Your tax deductible donations make a difference in the lives of those facing cancer in our community whether it is monthly, quarterly or yearly. We appreciate all levels of giving. Thank you for 58 years of continued support. Thank you for your generosity then and now
In Service to You,
Jennifer Lane-Riefler, MCHES, CFm