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Non-profit organizations for cancer patients: We need help

Cancer non-profits are appealing to Quebec to help keep their organizations afloat during the pandemic. Photo: Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot

(CTV News) — This letter is co-signed by the leaders of five provincial non-profit organizations supporting cancer patients and their loved ones. Together, they provide services to more than 55,000 Quebecers every year.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, non-profit organizations supporting cancer patients across Quebec are faced with their greatest financial crisis to date.

Back in mid-March, for the first time in our collective history, we had to suspend all our in-person fundraising activities, leading to a significant loss of revenue for our organizations. With most of our funding secured from those activities, this loss of revenue had a major impact on our abilities to continue to ensure the same level of support to cancer-stricken individuals. Without a swift response from the government, this crisis will only worsen.

Each one of our organizations is responsible for specific services within the healthcare continuum: Housing and accommodations, direct financial assistance, transportation, homecare support, helplines, research funding, psychosocial support, information resources, and support groups. The services we provide are multifaceted and play a crucial role in an already overextended healthcare system. Every year, more than 55,000 Quebecers receive a cancer diagnosis and are supported by our organizations. (…)

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