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A Corona Miracle: Getting Cancer Patients to Their Treatments During Corona

Here is the sunshine that was borne out of the darkness of this pandemic. Feel good, feel proud. What can happen when we all care for each other.

Based on an actual story.

It’s early February, 2020 and A., a 48 years old divorced mother of two, has been diagnosed with a fast-growing cancer. Her doctor informs her that she needs to start weekly treatments, immediately. She lives in the north, about an hour from Haifa, but there’s a direct bus she can take. Stories about the novel Covid 19 virus begin to appear on the evening news, but she’s distracted by her own worries.

To read more:

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/a-corona-miracle-taxis-for-cancer-patients/?fbclid=IwAR2IWet5EVY9exTZjF7NgLAmZMqpEdox0Awc-AQ2P8iilSWeCtbuxkayz20

 

 

 

FREE TAXI RIDES FOR CANCER PATIENTS DURING CORONA – STORIES

-A mother needed to visit her young son, immunocompromised and in isolation in a hospital leukemia ward. We are making it possible for this mother to see her son often even during Corona.

-Lung cancer patient needed transport from Kiryat Gat to Be’er Sheva to start radiation therapy. Done!

-Brought a woman from Shlomi (very far north,) to Rambam in Haifa today for breast cancer treatment. Daughter was overwhelmed with gratitude. Mother would have had no other way to get to the hospital without this.

-A patient from Eilat with pancreatic cancer is being treated in Be’er Sheva. He needed to go to the hospital once in April in order to get special pills that he can take instead of having repeated chemotherapy infusions. No flights. His social worker reached out to the Israel Lemonade Fund asking if it was even possible to arrange a taxi from Eilat to Be’er Sheva. (Thanks to GETT for offering more than fair taxi fees,) we offered to help this man reach the hospital for his April appointment.

-A Bedouin woman needed breast cancer treatment. Impossible feat without public transportation. GETT found a way to get her from her village and we got her to her treatments.

-From a social worker: “The service is critical especially for those coming to Ein Karen from outside central Jerusalem. Wish it would continue forever…”

Stories of cancer patients who got to the hospital thanks to the Israel Lemonade Fund/Inbar and Marius Nacht Foundation/Gett Taxi partnership…..THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Israel Lemonade Fund is still helping needy patients with one time grants for non-medical expenses. Your donations are needed more than ever at this time. Thank you.

Link to apply for free taxi rides for cancer patients: https://lemonadefund.org/%d7%a7%d7%95%d7%a8%d7%95%d7%a0%d7%94-taxi-2/

TAXI RIDES FOR CANCER PATIENTS – 2 PROFILES -WEEK 2

  • 44 year old, married, 3 children, Stage 4, second diagnosis. Financial crisis in family. Immunocompromised but NO money for private taxi rides until the Lemonade Fund stepped in.

Kiryat Gat to Be’er Sheva for chemo and bio treatment.

Average taxi fare = NIS 230 ($65)

Awarded special TAXI grant of NIS 920 ($255) – 4 TAXI RIDES

  • 57 year old married mother of one. Cashier, used up sick days, husband missing his shifts in factory to care for wife. Frantic about how to get to the hospital during Corona outbreak, until the Lemonade Fund helped.

Karmiel to Haifa for chemo/rads.

Average taxi fare from Carmiel to Haifa = NIS 180 ($50).

Awarded special TAXI grant of NIS 900 ($250) – 5 TAXI RIDES

The Lemonade Fund launched an urgent appeal on March 8, to help patients take private taxis, so that they will not miss their treatments during this difficult time. (For the average breast cancer patient: Radiation – 25 sessions. Chemotherapy – 12-24 sessions.) Cancer patients are being urged to avoid public transportation.

Average Israeli intra-city taxi fee: NIS 50 ($15)
Common Israeli inter-city taxi fee: NIS 180 ($50)
Please donate taxi rides, (one or more,) or any amount that you can. THANK YOU!

Cancer patients are being advised NOT to take  public transportation during the Corona outbreak. Most needy Lemonade Fund applicants cannot afford taxis. (Health insurance only reimburses for public transportation or a taxi in one direction.)

We will continue to send money directly to patients in need as long as this emergency campaign is funded. Thank you to those who have already donated. (Tax deductible in Israel, US and other countries.)

UPDATE – TAXI RIDES FOR CANCER PATIENTS DURING CORONA OUTBREAK

The Lemonade Fund has launched an urgent appeal to help patients take private taxis, so that they will not miss their treatments during this difficult time. (For the average breast cancer patient: Radiation – 25 sessions. Chemotherapy – 12-24 sessions.) Cancer patients are being urged to avoid public transportation.
Average Israeli intra-city taxi fee: NIS 50 ($15)
Common Israeli inter-city taxi fee: NIS 180 ($50)
Please donate taxi rides, (one or more,) or any amount that you can. THANK YOU!

(Updated, March 22, 2020) First five approved patients have already gotten the following TRANSPORTATION GRANTS with nine more on the way:

48 year old divorced mother of two, supermarket cashier, used up sick pay.

  • Karmiel to Haifa for chemo.
  • Average taxi fare from Carmiel to Haifa = NIS 180 ($50).
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 900 ($250) – 5 taxi rides.

58 year old widowed mother of two, can’t work due to illness.

  • Ofakim to Beer Sheva for chemo.
  • Average taxi from Ofakim to Beer Sheva = NIS 100 ($28).
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 900 ($250) – 9 taxi rides.

35 year old single mother of toddler, Stage 4.

  • Needs city taxi rides in Nahariya to hospital for chemo.
  • Average taxi fare = NIS 50 ($15)
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 400 ($110) – 8 taxi rides.

67 year old divorced mother of two, pensionnaire.

  • Needs city rides from Jaffa to Tel Aviv hospital for radiation.
  • Average taxi fare = NIS 50 ($15)
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 400 ($110) – 8 taxi rides.

44 year old single mother of 2 young children. Psych issues, abuse, PTSD. Bankrupt.

  • Pardes Hana to Haifa for chemo and radiation.
  • Average taxi fare = unknown, various routes.
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 600 ($166) towards private taxi rides.

(March 22) Next set of grants slated to be awarded:

59 year old divorced mother of 2. Second diagnosis, deeply in debt.

  • Bat Yam to Tel Aviv for last rounds of chemo.
  • Average taxi fare = NIS 70 ($20)
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 350 ($100) towards private taxi rides.

47 year old married mother of 8 (toddlers to young adult) Stage 4. 

  • Ramat Bet Shemesh to Jerusalem for chemo and bio treatments.
  • Average taxi fare = NIS 220 ($60)
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 880 ($245)

27 year old married mother of 2 young children, no family support, husband’s business recently closed. No income.

  • Outskirts of Jerusalem to Jerusalem hospital for chemo.
  • Average taxi fare = NIS 70 ($20)
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 350 ($100) – toward private taxi rides.

41 year old, separated, 6 children. Worked in tourism sector, out of work. Father died, helping mother.

  • Inner city Jerusalem to Jerusalem hospital for chemo.
  • Average taxi fare = NIS 50 ($15)
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 400 ($110) – 8 taxi rides.

44 year old, married, 3 children, Stage 4, second diagnosis. Financial crisis in family.

  • Kiryat Gat to Be’er Sheva for chemo and bio treatment.
  • Average taxi fare = NIS 230 ($65)
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 920 ($255) – 4 taxi rides.

68 year old, widow, living alone on small pension. Stage 4, other health issues. 

  • Inner city Jerusalem to Jerusalem hospital for chemo.
  • Average taxi fare = NIS 50 ($15)
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 400 ($110) – 8 taxi rides.

49 year old, married, 4 children, Stage 4, second diagnosis, disabled son. Family member used to drive her, can’t now due to possible Corona infection.

  • Needs city taxi rides in Nahariya to hospital for chemo.
  • Average taxi fare = NIS 50 ($15)
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 400 ($110) – 8 taxi rides.

57 year old married mother of one. Cashier, used up sick days, husband missing his shifts in factory to care for wife.

  • Karmiel to Haifa for chemo/rads.
  • Average taxi fare from Carmiel to Haifa = NIS 180 ($50).
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 900 ($250) – 5 taxi rides.

Request for additional funds for A. below, granted:

44 year old single mother of 2 young children. Psych issues, abuse, PTSD. Bankrupt. (Additional NIS 300 added. March 22, to NIS 600 sent previously.)

Immunocompromised patients are being advised NOT to take  public transportation during the Corona outbreak. Most needy Lemonade Fund applicants cannot afford taxis. (Health insurance only reimburses for public transportation or a taxi in one direction.)

We will continue to send money directly to patients in need as long as this emergency campaign is funded. Thank you to those who have already donated. (Tax deductible in Israel, US and other countries.)

URGENT APPEAL FOR CANCER PATIENTS DURING CORONA OUTBREAK

IMMEDIATE APPEAL FROM THE ISRAEL LEMONADE FUND:
The Coronavirus has created new and potentially expensive challenges for patients travelling to their chemotherapy/radiation treatments. They are immunocompromised, and they are being warned not to take public buses and trains.

“The early data from China, and reports from the ground in Italy and other sites of local transmission is that our cancer patients are going to be at increased risk,” said Dr. Steve Pergam, a clinical and infectious disease researcher at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in Seattle, Washington.

Pergam said people currently in treatment, if at all possible, should avoid taking public buses or trains. But he also acknowledged not every patient can afford private car services or taxis. “Talk to your care team about what options exist to support you getting there without taking public transportation,” Pergam said.

Most indigent Israeli breast cancer patients can at most, only afford public transportation; many do not own cars. Our social workers at Breast Centers are reporting high levels of anxiety in their patients regarding this issue.

We are launching an urgent appeal to help patients take taxis, so that they will not miss their treatments during this difficult time. (For the average breast cancer patient: Radiation – 25 sessions. Chemotherapy – 12-24 sessions.)

Average Israeli intra-city taxi fee: NIS 50 ($15)

Common Israeli inter-city taxi fee: NIS 180 ($50)

Please donate taxi rides, (one or more,) or any amount that you can. Monies donated that are earmarked, ‘TRANSPORT’ will go specifically for this request. (Any leftover funds from this appeal will go towards regular transportation grants during, hopefully, better times.)

 

Tax deductible in US, Israel, Canada, UK and Australia.

The Last Lemonade Fund Grant of 2019

E. is a middle-aged divorcee with two adult children; a son who is schizophrenic and daughter who works full-time and has young children. Over the years E. supported herself and her children with no help from her ex-husband or family, by working as a scientist. She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer (and spinal problems,) and she has had to miss work due to the side effects of chemotherapy and pain. She has used up all of her sick leave and savings and she is very anxious about her financial situation. E. applied to the Lemonade Fund because she desperately needs extra help to get through this difficult time. This is exactly what we are here for…

The Lemonade Fund is Israel’s only Breast Cancer Emergency Relief Fund. We give one-time grants to indigent Israeli breast cancer patients to ease their financial stress while they are in treatment. So they can focus on themselves, not their money worries.

We wish E. and all of our 2019 Lemonade Fund grant recipients, good health, recovery and peace.

We wish all of our Lemonade Fund supporters, happy holidays and good wishes going into 2020. We owe you a huge THANK YOU for helping us make 2019 a year of growth and expansion into more Israeli breast centers. We helped a record number of patients this past year, thanks to you. There is so much more to do…here’s to accomplishing even more in 2020!

TO DONATE: https://lemonadefund.org/to-donate/

Profiles in Courage – November 2019

For almost 9 years the Lemonade Fund has been giving emergency financial grants to the neediest Israeli breast cancer patients. We are a small but efficient charity with almost 100% of the money you donate going straight to these patients. We have tripled the amount of grants given monthly since 2011, but we can only continue to do this with your help. Please consider donating to the Lemonade Fund: https://lemonadefund.org/to-donate/

A few November cases:

S. is a divorced housewife with 4 children, one of whom is disabled. The father fled to the US and doesn’t send child support. S. has struggled to support her family and managed. Until now. She has been diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer that has metastasized to her liver and lungs. One of the main functions of the Lemonade Fund is to lower the level of stress for families, during this difficult time. S. was awarded an emergency Lemonade Fund grant that we hope will give her some respite so she can focus on her treatment and her family.

A. is a 48 year old mother of 2 children, from the south. Sadly, both children were born with the gene for ALS, (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a fatal neurological disease.) Her 21 year old son recently died from the disease and her 17 year old daughter is now confined to a wheelchair and is failing. Prior to the children developing ALS, A. worked as a caregiver for the elderly, however in July she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and she cannot work due to the side effects of the chemo. Her husband is unable to work full time and the family is having a hard time, financially. They were awarded a Lemonade Fund grant.

Average grant is NIS 2,100.

Thank you!

What Breast Centers are Saying to us…

(עברית אחרי)

“WOW! How wonderful, how emotional!  Thank you so very much! These grants literally save these women…”  From a Social Worker in response to grant awards for her patients.

!וואו! איזה יופי! מאוד מרגש”

“.תודה רבה רבה, זה פשוט מציל את הנשים האלה.

מעובדת סוציאלית בתגובה לשימוע על מענקי המטופלים שלה-

Profiles in Courage – May 2019

Hard stories this month…

K. is a 42 year old single mother of 5 currently living with her father on a moshav near Jerusalem. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 but she refused chemotherapy at the time due to the trauma of seeing her brother die from stomach cancer after grueling treatments. By 2017 her cancer had metastasized and it is now Stage IV. It is in her bones, liver and possibly brain and she is having difficulty walking. Her ex cannot or will not help her financially as he is bankrupt and deeply in debt. We received a letter from the Chief of Palliative Care at her hospital asking us to please help her and her family. (This is highly unusual; we normally get letters from the patients’ social workers only.) We awarded K. a Lemonade Fund grant which we hope will at least alleviate some of her financial pressure during this difficult time.

W. is a young widow who made aliyah from Ethiopia. She supports her two sons, 16 and 21, in any way that she can, having worked as a cleaner, a cook, a babysitter, etc. Her younger son is in boarding school and her older son is in prison. She was diagnosed in 2015 with breast cancer which has spread and is now Stage IV. She cannot work due to her illness and has used up all of her savings. She is consumed with worry about how she will pay tuition for her younger son, who helps her on weekends when he is at home. She has become very depressed and in need of support from any direction. Thankfully the Lemonade Fund was able to send her a grant this month.

If you would like to send additional help to these two recipients who are in especially difficult situations, please make a donation and send us an accompanying email asking us to earmark your donations to K. or W. from May 2019.

Email: lindas@lemonadefund.org

Thanks for your support for our work helping Israeli breast cancer patients in financial crisis due to their illness.

TO DONATE: https://lemonadefund.org/to-donate/

NOW! Your Donation Will Be Matched!

  • A donor has come forward and offered to cover half of the costs of our expansion, NIS 25,000 ($7,000,) challenging us to match his grant, shekel for shekel, dollar for dollar, to raise the other half.
  • Your donations will be matched by this donor. You can be part of this incredible initiative, helping indigent Israeli breast cancer patients in financial crisis due to illness!
  • Please consider a donation of an average grant, NIS 2,100 ($590,) or for ANY AMOUNT towards our goal of NIS 25,000 ($7,000,) 

Typical story. Last week the Lemonade Fund received an urgent request from a city Social Worker to pay the utility bills of a breast cancer patient who is also a victim of domestic violence. Single mother with 4 children. We did…

The Lemonade Fund is the only Breast Cancer Emergency Relief charity in Israel, and over the last year we have doubled the amount of money we are giving due to the pressing need.

Thank you!

To donate: https://lemonadefund.org/to-donate/