Central Oregon Garbage Haulers Raise Funds for Cancer Patients
Since the launch of CAN Cancer in 2009, the program has raised over $80,000, helping more than 300 patients in Central Oregon.
Each year the community has helped raise more money than the year before and the Central Oregon Garbage Haulers are hoping for 2012 to be that much bigger and better. If everyone who receives an envelope pitches in, we can help our neighbors-in-need stay strong.
CAN cancer provides community assistance to help cover non-medical living expenses for Central Oregonians fighting all forms of cancer. Funds raised for CAN cancer have helped local families with their utilities, hotel stays, gas cards, rent assistance, grocery cards and more.
The group of Central Oregon Garbage Haulers includes: Bend Garbage & Recycling, Cascade Disposal, High Country Disposal, Prineville Disposal, Madras Sanitary Service and Wilderness Garbage. 100 percent of the money donated will be put into a fund with the St. Charles Foundation so that all funds raised will be used directly to benefit local residents.
“Hearing the words “you have cancer” are some of the most stressful words a person can hear. But once that initial shock wears off and people start to deal with the realities of treatment, the logistics can be overwhelming particularly for so many of the folks in our local and neighboring communities who have already been hit so hard by the economy. Fighting cancer is expensive. No one should ever have to choose between keeping their home or putting gas in their car to make it to treatment, but we hear that all the time. Last year we gave out over $38,000 to patients in need – that was more than twice what we gave out the previous year. Thanks to CAN cancer we’ve never had to turn anyone away,” said Kattaryna Stiles, Community Outreach Coordinator, St. Charles Cancer Center.
HOW TO DONATE
CAN Cancer is relying on the Central Oregon community and the Central Oregon Haulers’ customers to ‘Pitch- In’ and give families a fighting chance. Without their donations, there will be no money to help.
Customers can watch for their purple envelope through April in their garbage billing statement and residents can make a tax deductible donation to CAN cancer.
www.cancancer.org to donate online.