Helping Someone With Cancer
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Helping Someone With Cancer
Illness can affect anyone regardless of age or gender, and cancer is considered one of the worst. So many types of cancer are challenging to those who fight it. It is a battle no one should face alone. There are ways you can help; you don’t have to be a doctor or scientist to make a difference in someone’s life. You don’t even have to personally know someone who fought cancer; you just have to care about life. Here are some tips from Pharmacist Money that you should keep in mind.
Helping Someone You Know
Often, cancer patients will need support when it comes to daily life activities. You can help someone cope by helping with tasks at home. You can shop for groceries personally or order them online for delivery. Other household tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and laundry still need to be addressed. If someone with cancer has children, they need help with getting them to school and school-related functions.
Doctors’ appointments are also stressful and many patients often need emotional support or transportation to and from appointments. You could further help by taking notes during the visit in case cancer affects your friend or loved one’s memory. These days, virtual doctor visits are another possibility, as well. If someone you know isn’t especially tech-savvy, you could help them get set up with an appointment, as well as how much they should expect to pay.
Volunteer To Help Strangers
There are many ways to help. For instance, you could be part of outreach or fundraising groups. The National Cancer Institute is one resource with free publications you could download electronically or request by mail. Patients dealing with cancer can even participate in clinical trials, and anyone can be part of government programs that help others get cancer screenings. If you want to learn more about cancer without being exposed to misinformation, the NCI also has some resources to help. Go to cancer.org and search for trusted resources.
Donate What You Can
Many people undergoing chemotherapy use donated items. Clothes, books, money, and art therapy supplies are just a few. You can also donate hair to make wigs for patients in the Locks of Love programs. Children with cancer may need toys and school supplies. Cancer organizations also accept donations of frequent flyer miles or vehicles, both running and not running.
Start a Nonprofit
You can also help by setting up a nonprofit cancer organization. Grants and public funding are often more accessible to nonprofit corporations. At the same time, there are necessary steps when forming a nonprofit. These include creating bylaws, or the details of how your nonprofit operates and governs itself. Counting votes and rules on conflicts of interest are other required parts of the bylaws.
You need to manage your nonprofit corporation’s funds effectively. Nonprofit accounting software is available to make tracking donations, bookkeeping, and invoicing tasks easier. You can create custom reports by categorizing revenue expenses by program or fund.
Start a Complementary Medicine Business
Another option is to provide complementary therapy for those undergoing cancer treatment. Some cancer patients look for holistic treatments to improve their quality of life. Massage, acupuncture, and Ayurveda are just a few methods some practitioners use in helping patients.
Next Steps To Fight Cancer
As you can see, you have many options when you want to make a difference in someone’s life. You can start a business or educate yourself. Pharmacist Money is for sharing experiences with debts, personal finance, side hustles, and passive income from a pharmacist’s perspective. If you have any questions or feedback, don’t hesitate to reach out!