Cancer Patient Comfort Bags and Cancer Information Binders. Bags are distributed to patients receiving cancer treatment at the Alaska Native Medical Center. Bags contain comfort items such as a blanket, dental kit, hand sanitizer, coffee mug, water bottle and other items as well as a binder of information about cancer and cancer treatments, appointment logs, a place to list prescriptions, calendar, place for lab results, etc. The bag is funded primarily through donations. This is the only cancer program in the state that provides bags and information binders to its patients.
The Lu Young Fund for Children of Families Fighting Cancer allows staff to respond quickly to a request for help from cancer patients with children under the age of 18 years and who have limited financial resources. Referral is through health care teams at the Alaska Native Medical Center, and allows the Cancer program staff to immediately responds to the request. The fund has helped about 100 families since its inception in 2004, with part of the donations from an annual fundraiser.
Men’s Retreat for Prostate and Testicular Cancer Survivors. This pilot project was held in September 2009. It demonstrated that there is a need for special programs for male cancer survivors. Funding for the retreat was received from State of Alaska, the Men’s Run, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Alaska Radiology, Alaska Urological Clinic. A second Men’s Retreat was held September 10-12, 2010. Two Men's Retreats are planned for 2012: Southeast Alaska, June 1-3, 2012, and in Cooper Landing, September 7-9, 2012. For more information for the September 2012 Men's Retreat, click here for brochure and click here for 2012 application.
Participant quote: What a beautiful spot for men to come and "heal" and have the opportunity to discuss openly and frankly with other men about their concerns, frustrations and positive progress with their cancer."