The Hibiscus Fund receives applications for assistance from many lymphoma patients. To date the fund has issued a grant to every patient who has submitted an application. This is a trend the Hibiscus Fund hopes to continue. Below are just a few lymphoma patient stories.
T is a 34-year-old Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL) patient. She is a single mother of a 14-year-old son with little family support (her mother died of breast cancer 20 years ago and she has little contact with her father). She was a student when she was diagnosed and had to withdraw from her program. She is not entitled to any benefits until her "OSAP officially runs out". She has $400 in the bank and has been forced to move to subsidized housing and use her local food bank.
K was a 42-year-old single mother of 2 with NHL who underwent chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. She then was admitted to the hospital for treatment of sudden paralysis due to the lymphoma in her spine. She died in 2004 and subsequently her mother, who is over 65 and on a total income of $1,800 per month, was forced to care for K's children financially.
J was a 58-year-old with extensive and aggressive NHL that severely limited his mobility. Due to his pre-existing schizophrenia, he usually had to be sedated before his treatments in order to cope with the associated anxiety. His sister was his primary caregiver and she wanted to ensure there was extra homecare to attend to J's needs while she was at work during the day (only one hour per day was funded by the government).
A is an 18-year-old gentleman who was newly diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was a full time student when diagnosed but had to withdraw from his program because of his diagnosis and treatment. A's family has had to access their local foodbank. A needed dental work before starting radiation treatment and could not afford to pay for it on his own.
M had a preexisting liver condition when she was diagnosed with lymphoma at age 30. As a result, aggressive curative treatment was not possible. She was a single mother of a 2 year old and was living with her daughter in an 8X8 foot room in a rooming house. She could not work due to her treatments, and had no money to pay for clothes or food for herself and her daughter.
V is a 36-year-old man with lymphoma. He completed a bone marrow transplant and has been unable to work as a result. He moved here from Vietnam in 1993 and has been alone in Canada for 10 years without any family members to support him. He had such a low income from government benefits that he was unable to sponsor his father to travel to Canada to care for and support him during his treatments.