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Cancer Angels of San Diego was established to address the financial needs of Stage IV cancer patients who are facing severe financial hardship. At Stage IV, the cancer has spread to several places in the body and requires ongoing treatment for life. The good news: people can live for years with Stage IV cancer due to the many advances of research. The bad news: the treatments necessary to keep them alive usually cause severe side effects such as nausea, weakness, terrible aches and pains, disabling fatigue….imagine trying to work in such a miserable physical state. These people can’t. Since they can no longer work, they are unable to pay for the basic necessities of life, including rent or mortgage payments, utilities, food, gas and car repairs, etc. The reality is, this could be you, me, or someone you love.
25% of San Diego County cancer patients will be diagnosed with Stage IV. Of these unfortunate individuals, 33% will be unable to pay their medical bills. 25% of them will face homelessness. Many decide to give up treatment and try to work for as long as they can. This forced choice adds an additional hardship to their lives at a time when they are least able to cope with it. Often, these individuals carry tremendous guilt because they have to continually ask family and friends for financial help.
WITH YOUR HELP, WE CAN BEGIN TO ELIMINATE THIS OUTRAGEOUS REALITY.
Cancer Angels of San Diego distributes funds to landlords or mortgage holders and utility companies, offers gift cards from grocery stores, provides gas cards from gas stations, gift cards to clothing stores, and funds for other services that are essential for living. Cancer Angels of San Diego does not provide monies directly to its clients. Payments are made only to the provider(s) of the services needed by the client.
Cancer Angels of San Diego is an all volunteer non-profit organization in which 100% of the revenues, after a few operational costs, go directly to the person in need, the victim of Stage IV cancer.
Please browse our site and see how you can directly impact the quality of life for our clients. Please, be an "Angel" here on earth.
Why help Cancer Angels of San Diego (CASD)?
CASD is a unique San Diego County organization that provides support for patients with any type of Stage IV cancer who are struggling with severe financial difficulties. Read below to see how we are different:
What we do:
Help for individual cancer patients: CASD provides support for Stage IV cancer patients who are no longer able to meet their financial needs due to the illness. (Most national cancer charities provide money primarily for research and education).
All volunteer organization: CASD provides all services through our network of caring volunteers. We do not pay big executive salaries (or any salaries!), so all money goes directly to those in need.
Help those close to home: All of our financial assistance is provided to residents of San Diego County. Your contribution goes to help your less fortunate neighbors (not someone in Texarkana or Detroit).
Support as long as it is needed: We are committed to providing support for as long as it is needed. Many organizations give only very temporary financial help, leaving the patients “stranded” when modern medicine extends their lives longer than expected.
Financial support paid to providers: All the financial assistance is paid directly to service providers such as landlords, SDG&E, AT&T, and other utilities. We ensure that none of our funds are misused.
Assistance for all types of cancer: Most of the large national charities focus on one type of cancer (e.g. breast or prostate), leaving many patients without resources. CASD assists those with Stage IV disease, regardless of the location of the primary tumor.
What we don’t do:
Provide funding for medical research
Provide support for undocumented residents or non-residents
Engage in political action and lobbying activities
Cancer Angels of San Diego was created to provide financial assistance to Stage IV cancer patients located in the San Diego County area. We are a full 501C3 non-profit charitable organization.