Amid the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, breast cancer patients are still facing their own personal health journeys and, now, are more vulnerable than ever. That’s according to entrepreneur and cancer awareness advocate Rahim Hassanally as he showcases the crucial work of the NBCF during the health crisis.
“From navigating healthcare system changes to addressing personal challenges in an uncertain economy, the National Breast Cancer Foundation has remained on hand to help those worst affected during the pandemic,” explains Rahim Hassanally, speaking from Dallas, Texas. The National Breast Cancer Foundation—or NBCF—remains focused, Hassanally says, on acting as a voice for breast cancer patients during these difficult and uncertain times, both today and in the coming weeks and months.
As such, the National Breast Cancer Foundation has created the COVID-19 Relief Fund, designed to support the patients who are most challenged during this time, according to Rahim Hassanally. The NBCF decided the entrepreneur and cancer awareness advocate goes on to point out, to reallocate funds from its outreach budget and direct them toward life-saving patient navigation services, as well as to support its hospital partners on the front lines.
“The NBCF quickly made the important call to allocate funds from its outreach budget to support those on the front lines treating breast cancer patients during the ongoing pandemic,” reveals Hassanally. “Ongoing public support and funding, however, is much needed,” he continues, “to ensure that the most vulnerable cancer patients still have access to care.”
National Breast Cancer Foundation COVID-19 relief funding is currently being distributed through the organization’s network of hospital partners and its patient navigators, Rahim Hassanally reports. Patient navigators act as a liaison between doctors and patients, Rahim Hassanally says, trained to eliminate barriers that may prevent individuals from accessing quality treatment during these unprecedented times.
The COVID-19 Relief Fund is also facilitating increased patient support and education via virtual support groups and meetings, connecting patients with others who are quarantined or isolated, sharing the latest recommendations from the healthcare community, and giving people a safe space to learn best practices for managing their own care amid temporary changes to screening protocols and diagnostic or treatment appointments, according to Rahim Hassanally and the Dallas, Texas-based charity.
“If you or someone you know needs help, please visit our website to see if we partner with a facility in your area,” suggests the National Breast Cancer Foundation. “Breast cancer patients and their families need our help now more than ever,” adds Rahim Hassanally of the National Breast Cancer Foundation and its work, “so please, if you can, make a donation to the cause.”
Those interested in donating to the organization’s COVID-19 Relief Fund may do so, Rahim Hassanally notes, directly via the NBCF website at https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/. “Every single contribution helps,” he adds in closing.