“Donor Beware” – The real fight of Breast Cancer by Tina Quizon

Posted on March 21, 2015

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After recently being diagnosed with Breast Cancer, I was shocked and surprised  after a referral from my doctor that the Amercian Cancer Society, Inc does not provided lodging funding /services to Cancer Patients here in Honolulu.

After recently being diagnosed with Breast Cancer, I was shocked and surprised after a referral from my doctor that the Amercian Cancer Society, Inc does not provided lodging funding /services to Cancer Patients here in Honolulu.

After recently being diagnosed with Breast Cancer. And bearing the extra emotional worrying about my surgery, treatment, and recovery, adding to an already challenging time, for me, has been, not having any place to stay. I am told by the American Cancer Society that they do not help Honolulu Breast Cancer Patients with Lodging or Services here in Honolulu, and they will be closing my case.

So, in my time of need, I am having to fight additional stress and worries, after being referred by from Dr. Laure Greer (General Surgery) and Ellen Perez-Sealey (RN) at Tripler Army Medical Facility (TAMC) during my up coming Breast Cancer Surgery and treatment, for Lodging to the American Cancer Society Inc. I was shocked and surprised to learned that there would be no help for me from the American Cancer Society. Even though the American Cancer Society hold fundraisers and collects donations from donors here in Honolulu. The Amercian Cancer Society has a very non discriminately practice of collecting large donations from cash Donors in Honolulu, but surprisingly gives no disclaimer to tell Honolulu’s Donor’s the American Cancer Society Inc in fact denies Breast Cancer Patients here in Honolulu any Lodging or other services. And as I was informed today by Ms. Rachel Harif, a Patient Resource Specialist, that even though the the American Cancer Society, Inc will pay out anywhere from $168.00 to $177.00 per night for lodging for Cancer patients here in Hawaii that does not apply to Cancer Patients in Honolulu. And yet we also found on the website for the American Cancer Society a partnership, touting a HOPE Lodging Program and a partnership with the Extended Stay America Hotel Chain, but no help given by the American Cancer Society with the Extend Stay either. I was only informed that for myself a Breast Cancer Patient being here in Honolulu, I do not qualify for help. But yet, if you live on the Outer Islands you can receive the lodging assistance. This vital fact is not well known, especially to the experts, surgeons and Medical Professionals who with good faith are sending mine and other Cancer Patients information, concerns and needs to these non profits who get to collect the stats and data on the Cancer Patient and lop those numbers into fancy reports and for fund raising. We believe there needs to be a disclaimer given by the American Cancer Society Inc. and other Not for Profit and Non Profits Agencies, so that generous people donating their hard earned money are made aware of such deceptive practices.

Perhaps a new label “Donor Beware” is needed. We share this information with the hope to help educate everyone to make a more informed choice before giving money to Agencies, so that those in need and the public are not further negatively impacted by these deceptive practices.

Ask the Agency before you give, how is the money you are donating for services for Breast and other Cancers is really being used, is it to help and benefit the Cancer Patients in your community?

Help keep the doors open for those you love and care about. Don’t let your loved one be left standing alone in the corner, unable to focus on their health, the surgery, treatment and recovery, while being without the lodging or services they need.

 

UPDATE :  May 19, 2015 (HawaiiNewsNow) http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/29110561/four-cancer-charities-accused-in-nationwide-scam

“Four cancer charities accused in nationwide scam”

A complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission and law enforcement partners in all 50 states alleges that four cancer charities swindled donors out of millions of dollars. Investigators don’t yet know the number of victims in Hawaii. Read more of the HawaiiNewsNow story. 

Article by Tina Quizon, March 20,2015

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