Support Cancer Care
Cancer affects not only the body, but the mind and spirit — it's part of the reason why remarkable care is perhaps most impactful for those suffering from cancer. At Riverside, our physicians, administrators, nurses and staff treat the whole person, not just the disease. We go beyond medical care, striving to give everyone we encounter personal attention and peace of mind.
Unfortunately, cancer can also take a financial toll. Many people battling this debilitating disease, especially those with physically demanding jobs, are unable to work, and must take a leave of absence. They can lose their jobs, and in turn, their health insurance.
“People actually drop out of treatment because they can't work. Sadly, we still see times when patients have to choose between a roof over their head and treatment for cancer.”
– Yvonne Pike, Riverside patient navigator
To combat such a dire problem, we grant financial aid to patients in need. The continued support of our communities has allowed us to provide the assistance patients need to continue treatment, regardless of employment or health insurance. Your generous support of this effort, as well as other cancer care initiatives, allows us to give our patients the care they deserve on their path toward recovery.
The Riverside Foundation supports the following initiatives for cancer care advancement and patient assistance:
Dr. Mark E. Ellis Endowment Fund for Cancer Care Advancement
Integrative medicine, a program pioneered by the late Dr. Mark E. Ellis, seeks to combat cancer by treating the whole person: body, mind and spirit. It combines top oncology care with dietary, music, massage, pet and yoga therapies — methods that can decrease stress, pain and even side effects while promoting health and wellness. Our integrative medicine team is dedicated to the well being of our patients, and provides one-on-one guidance and support throughout the healing process. Your contribution will fund these efforts and allow us to expand them to other Riverside care sites. Every gift to the Dr. Mark E. Ellis Endowment Fund makes life a little easier for those battling this terrible disease.
Tree of Life Cancer Care Fund
To cancer patients, the smallest things can mean the world. The Tree of Life was created to give support not covered by insurance or other means of financial aid. It funds unmet needs such as screening, prevention programs, faculty enhancements and community outreach, while also focusing on providing assistance needs, such as post-biopsy transportation, wigs and support programs. In association with our Every Woman's Life program, the Tree of Life also supports the women's health needs of those battling cancer.