Goals for 2021

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Goals for 2021

1. We need to continue to grow our transportation program in 2021!  In 2020 Cancer Can’t was nearly 200 rides per month by the end of the year and has grown to a volunteer base of almost 40 drivers.  This is an incredible amount of growth we saw in 2020. However, we are still not serving all of the oncology clinics in our community and there are more people that need assistance in this way.  We plan to grow our partnership in the community and would like to begin providing support to more rural patients as well as patients and clinics In Idaho on a more consistent basis.  We need to continue to grow our volunteer base and specifically in the Idaho area to provide more rides to service more clinics.  We also achieved two of our 2020 goals. We have entered into Idaho and found solutions to cross state lines and are now offering gas cards to more rural patients and will be developing that program in 2021. 

2. The Cancer Can't board doubled its budget in 2019 to 2020 for our patient grant program. In 2020 we gave out more than $40,000 in grants to patients in emergent need paying things such as rent, power, childcare, car payments, phone bills and even clothing. In 2021 we are going to maintain our $40,000 budget with an additional $10,000 specific to Lincoln county residents.

3. In 2020 we set a goal to help 15 families and reach $20,000 of assistance to families fighting cancer to provide them with a Christmas. Once again with the support of our amazing donors, we blew that goal out of the water. In 2020 we provided 17 families with a Christmas at a value of over $30,000. Cancer Can’t take Christmas is a program that is absolutely growing and we hope to help even more families in 2021. In 2021 we will begin seeking out more families that we can help throughout the year and offer the community an option to adopt a family with more time. If you know of a family who has a parent battling cancer, please reach out and let us know if we can help them this Christmas.

4. In 2020 during the Covid shut down we watched other non-profit organizations close around us and resources for cancer patients in our community dissolve. In an attempt to support patients we picked up a program that was closed when the American Cancer Society closed here in the greater Spokane area. The loss of a hotel partnership program was a huge loss for our community. Cancer Can't began partnering with those same hotels in our area to provide a place to stay for patients who were traveling for treatment. In 2021 we hope to obtain more partners and grow this program back to what it was when ACS was running it and potentially obtain some funding to assist in costs for patients when that does occur. 

5. Develop more business partners that will offer pro bono services to cancer patients in need as an in-kind donation.  In 2020 we received multiple requests for help with common needs like dental care or dentures as that is not covered by medical insurance.  Dental care is extremely important for cancer patients but is often not an additional expense patients can undertake, however it is important for their health as many infections can start in the mouth.  We were able to make some growth in 2020 and will continue to work on this program in 2021.

6. Continue our partnership with the Charitable Pharmacy and provide financial assistance as needed. 

7. Plan alternative smaller events to continue fund raising to maintain all of our programs into 2022.