If you have ever heard me talk about Cancer Services of Grant County (CSGC), then you have heard me say these three things: our programs evolve to meet the needs of the community, everything we do is 100% free, and we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the support of our community. 2023 was a prime example of CSGC adapting to meet the needs of the community, while simultaneously dealing with a flood AND a truck driving through the reception area of our office.
It all started Christmas weekend of 2022 when a failed water line caused a flood in the office. Then in February, while we were still dealing with flood repairs, a gentleman drove his truck into our building causing significant damage. Our office was turned upside down and thrown into chaos. And on top of all of that, we had one of our busiest years ever here at CSGC!
In June of this year, Progressive Cancer Care (PCC) temporarily stopped treating patients for four months while updated radiation equipment was installed. This temporary closure meant all of their patients had to be sent to Muncie for radiation. We worked closely with the staff at PCC to ensure all of their patients were able to make it to their treatments. During this four-month period our gas assistance increased by 164% and the number of clients who needed help with rides increased by 291%. I am happy to say that we successfully assisted 100% of the people who came through our doors during this difficult period.
CSGC has been in Grant County since 1959 helping people in our community facing cancer. We help anyone who lives, works, or is treated in Grant County. We help with prescriptions, transportation, equipment, supplies, financial guidance, education, navigation, and more. And we provide all of these services 100% free of charge. We open our doors everyday to help those facing cancer. Our funding comes from fundraisers, grants, donations, memorials, and estates. And all of the money raised stays right here in Grant County to help local people with their cancer journey.
To say that it has been a difficult year would be a huge understatement; however, even in the face of all this adversity, we were still able to help so many people. You see, even though we were displaced for eight months and our lives were a little chaotic, we still had clients who needed us, and we showed up for them…every day. I am humbly and respectfully asking you to continue to rally around CSGC. Your tax-deductible donation helps us meet the ever-increasing needs of those facing cancer in Grant County.