“Plastic 4 Pink” Campaign Supports Breast Cancer Patients
This October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, VNA is launching a “Plastic 4 Pink” campaign, collecting gift cards to support its clients in the Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Program (BCPAP). VNA’s BCPAP helps individuals undergoing treatment for breast cancer have access to VNA services, including financial assistance for day to day expenses, such as utilities, gas cards, grocery cards, one-time medical needs or other essentials.
The “Plastic 4 Pink” campaign is a great way to get involved and support the program by donating grocery, gas or gift cards that VNA can offer patients going through the program. Throughout the month of October, gift cards can be dropped off at VNA Headquarters at 12565 West Center Road, or at either Vitality Bowls location: at Aksarben Village (1922 S. 67th St) or Shops of Legacy (2835 South 170th Plaza, Suite 208). Vitality Bowls is also donating 20% of proceeds each Wednesday in October to VNA’s BCPAP.
VNA’s BCPAP is customized to each individual to maximize impact, with assistance provided for immediate short-term needs like rent, utilities, groceries or gas to access treatment. The program’s Patient Advocate also helps connect patients to a statewide network of services and resources to help optimize the success of treatment. The Patient Advocate works one-on-one with clients to determine what services will provide the greatest assistance in their recovery process.
Since 2010, VNA’s BCPAP has provided financial assistance and supportive services to more than 1,150 individuals undergoing treatment in 82 Nebraska and Iowa counties.
The program has served breast cancer patients ranging from 23 to 92 years of age and, with the support of Susan G. Komen Great Plains and donors, has distributed over $700,000 in funds to help alleviate stress and allow clients to focus on what matters most: healing and recovery. Sixty-six percent of those served by the program in 2018 stated that the assistance they received greatly reduced the financial stress they were experiencing.
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