Hurricane Hospital Relief

How you can help the cancer communities affected by Harvey and Irma

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As Texas begins to recover from Hurricane Harvey and Florida braces for Hurricane Irma, we want to share resources for helping our fellow cancer control communities and the vulnerable populations they serve. We were encouraged last week to see stories of people and systems working together to protect Harvey’s most vulnerable victims — including patients receiving treatment for cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. For example, when Houston’s MD Anderson Cancer Center partially closed because of flooding, hospitals in Alabama and Louisiana welcomed patients to minimize disruptions in treatment. And the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society announced financial help to blood cancer patients displaced by the storm. There are many ways you can help the cancer control community in southeastern Texas. Below are just a few examples: This list will be updated in the coming days to include ways to help patients, hospitals, and others in Florida, as the storm progresses. Are you prepared for an emergency? These tools from the National Cancer Institute can help providers, patients, and researchers in Wisconsin and elsewhere prepare for an emergency closer to home.