Quality of Life Cancer Grant
“From my experience both as a physician as well as a patient, I’ve come to learn that more is needed to treat cancer than just surgery and chemotherapy. Patients benefit tremendously from the support of family and friends. Recognizing this critical element in the fight against cancer, The Rema Hort Foundation does everything in its power to enhance a patient’s social support network, from flying in relatives from distant places to providing funds for childcare so that a husband or wife can be with their spouse during treatment.”-David Biro, RHMF board member and physician
While undergoing treatment for cancer, Rema discovered an entire community of cancer patients going through similar experiences, and she sought to provide comfort and support to those who did not have family to help them through their treatment. Through the Quality of Life Cancer Grant, Rema Hort Mann Foundation brings family members and loved ones together in order to provide this much needed support system and consolation while a patient is undergoing treatment. Oftentimes in a large city like New York City, family members are far from their loved ones while they are being treated and do not have the financial ability to visit. Working with a team of social workers from partnering hospitals including the Children’s Hospital of New York, Presbyterian Memorial, Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Hackensack University Medical, Einstein Cancer Center, and Mount Sinai Hospital, RHMF identifies patients who would benefit most from the grant. The grant supports airfare, calling cards, and childcare—among other costs—to help reunite families with the goal to provide much needed comfort during their treatment and recovery process.
Since being established, RHMF has helped bring together thousands of cancer patients and their families, and no qualifying patient has ever been denied a grant.
Our recent expansion to Los Angeles has created partnerships with new oncology social workers. We’ve replicated our Quality of Life Cancer Grant model in the Los Angeles area, effectively doubling our capacity and reach to a west coast population. Among the participating hospitals are Cedars Sinai Medical Center, UCLA Simms Mann Center, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Children’s Hospital LA. Like the New York City QOL grants, RHMF will work directly with partnering oncology social workers who recommend patients for the grant.