Homelessness is an epidemic in New York City, but another, much more literal disease is also wreaking havoc on the lives of New Yorkers – cancer. Homelessness can take on many forms, and be affected by a number of issues that are often left unspoken. One of these issues is providing shelter for those afflicted by sickness and disease. Despite the feeling that we can’t make a difference, there is something we can do about it.
In the video below, the American Cancer Society reminds us of that simple reality. Cancer patients often have to travel in order to receive the best possible quality health care, but are often unable to do so because they can’t afford a place to stay. This means that thousands of people are denied the care they need because of something as pragmatic as finding affordable accommodation. Incredible medical advances in cancer treatment have been made in recent years, so it seems a shame that for some people, the difference between life and death is simply being able to afford a room.
The fight against cancer has made huge strides, and is continuing to do so. But that progress could all be for nothing if we don’t take these practical concerns into account. Now that we know how to treat patients, it is simply a matter of making that care accessible to all. Last year the American Cancer Society provided lodging for 50,000 patients and caregivers. Let’s continue to make sure that everyone who needs a room gets one! Watch the video below and visit the American Cancer Society’s website to make noise to finish the fight against cancer.
This post is sponsored by The American Cancer Society.