Oneida Health Cancer Patients to Survive and Thrive
Finding out you or a loved one has cancer, is overwhelming. Being diagnosed or treated for cancer, can also lead to many hard decisions, including financial ones. For most, a cancer diagnosis may lead to a heavy financial burden. Oneida Health has financial assistance programs funded through community support, donations, and grants to help meet these emergent needs.
Paying for treatment can make normal choices like paying for bills or basic needs, transportation, day-care, and other daily needs, a struggle. We, at Oneida Health, under these struggles and want to offer a way to make things a little bit easier, at a very difficult time. Helping them have one less worry by making one less difficult decision is always our goal. There are two different funds that are currently available for application through the Oneida Health Foundation: The Cancer Care Fund (CCF) and Laurie’s Legacy.
Who’s Eligible for the Cancer Care Fund?
To be eligible for a grant from the fund, the grant recipient must live within the geographic radius of care of Oneida Health (Madison and Oneida counties) or receive treatment at any medical facility, including Oneida Health Cancer Care’s locations (601 Seneca Street Oneida, 604 Seneca Street Oneida).
This fund is designed to provide emergency financial assistance to patients who:
- Are being tested for cancer or have an active diagnosis/receiving treatment
- Live in the service area of Oneida Health
- Have exhausted all other financial options
Grant eligibility is not limited to individuals who elect to receive treatment at Oneida Health or an affiliated program.
What Can Cancer Care Funds Be Used For:
The Cancer Care Fund can assist in a number of areas related to expenses. This includes but is not limited to the following:
- Medical bills associated with cancer treatment and/or recovery
- Insurance co-payments including prescription coverage
- Personal expenses that if left unpaid could prevent the individual from receiving treatment (utility bills, car insurance, transportation costs, child care fees, etc.)
- Grocery and gas gift cards to be dispensed through the Cancer Care Center to patients as needed.
How to Apply:
The individual can apply for assistance or a caregiver can apply on behalf of the individual receiving care, if he or she is medically unable. The Financial Assistance Application can be completed electronically by clicking apply now or by completing a paper application (see links below). The application also provides a section to request additional funds from Laurie’s Legacy, if the individual requesting support has a specific diagnosis of breast cancer.
Print Application (mail to the address below)
Please mail paper applications to:
Oneida Health Financial Assistance Programs
Oneida Health Foundation
321 Genesee Street
Oneida, NY 13421
About Laurie’s Legacy:
Oneida Health Foundation established the Laurie’s Legacy Breast Cancer Fund in 2011 through a grant provided by the generous contributions of the Saint Agatha Foundation of Syracuse.
Click here for more information on Laurie’s Legacy.
Who Makes the Cancer Care Fund Possible?
Funds available from the Oneida Health Cancer Care Fund are made possible by individual donors and 3rd party community fundraisers who feel passionate about the mission of the Cancer Care Fund, including the CNY Mom Prom.
What is CNY Mom Prom?
Since 2014, the CNY Mom Prom has donated its annual proceeds to Laurie’s Legacy Fund at Oneida Health to provide financial assistance to local women battling breast cancer. In honor of the event’s fifth anniversary and in response to the opening of Oneida Health Cancer Care, in affiliation with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, the CNY Mom Prom co-chairs have decided to establish The Oneida Healthcare Cancer Care Fund (Cancer Care Fund) to provide support to any cancer patient.
To date, the CNY Mom Prom has raised over $30,000 to help support local cancer patients.
Want to take part in the CNY Mom Prom?
Save the Date!
April 24, 2021
Vernon Downs Hotel
A fundraising event for women ages 21-100. You do not need to be a mom to attend. The event includes, dancing, food, laughter, and the company of other women who believe in the same cause, all in one night. The event also includes: basket raffles, a buffet, and a cash bar. Please join us for this special night and give back to those who are battling cancer, locally.
CNY Mom Prom happens annually, to celebrate for one special night a year and raise money for the Cancer Care Fund to support stipends for local patients battling cancer. This fund dispenses money to individuals and families who are battling this horrific disease. Your involvement or contribution will fund items like gas cards, grocery gift cards, rides to-and-from cancer treatment, daycare needs, and other everyday occurrences that insurance doesn’t cover, but are necessary for patients to receive the treatment they need to continue their fight.
To learn more about CNY Mom’s Prom or get involved, visit their Facebook page by clicking here.
How to Give to the Cancer Care Fund:
Throughout the calendar year, Oneida Health Foundation is actively accepting and seeking support to replenish and grown the funding for patient support through the Cancer Care Fund. Individuals who would like to contribute individually can do so securely by clicking on the “Give Now to the Cancer Care Fund” link below, or you can send a check or money order to the address below.
Oneida Health Cancer Care Fund
Oneida Health Foundation
321 Genesee Street
Oneida, NY 13421
Interested in starting your own 3rd party fundraiser to help raise funds for local cancer patients? Please contact the Oneida Health Foundation Director, Kate Trombley, at 315-361-2169.
Additional Resources for Cancer Patients
Oneida Health Foundation has grouped additional resources that may be helpful to cancer patients, family, and/or caregivers related to topics of financial support, housing assistance, transportation, and more. These organizations are not affiliated or endorsed by Oneida Health, but are credible organizations both locally and nationally who provide support to cancer patients. Click here for more cancer patient resources.