The American Cancer Society (ACS) has awarded Ascension Michigan a $15,000 grant to help alleviate the financial burden of transportation costs for cancer patients. The grant provides hundreds of patients with much needed transportation for their cancer treatment.
The ACS grant is part of a $2 million national transportation investment provided to health systems across the country. In 2020, the transportation grant provided more than 71,000 rides, but a gap remains in many communities for cancer patients for whom transportation is a challenge.
Kathy Goss, PhD, Regional Vice President of Cancer Control at the American Cancer Society stated, “The newly awarded grant funding provides a boost of support to help address currently unmet needs in Ascension Michigan communities.”
Thomas Klein, Vice President, Ascension Oncology Service Line commented that “The American Cancer Society grant, in support of transportation services for cancer patients throughout Ascension Michigan Cancer Centers, is consistent with our Mission to provide holistic care that sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities. Timely access to critically needed cancer treatment supports optimal outcomes and provides peace of mind for patients who experience transportation challenges.”
Transportation is the third most-commonly cited barrier to accessing health services for older adults. Every year, 3.6 million people in the United States do not obtain medical care due to transportation issues. The ACS grant is deeply appreciated and helps cancer patients in their time of need!