PENQUIS CANCER CARE PROGRAM
RECEIVES GRANT FUNDS
|Penquis received a grant from the Walmart Foundation that is helping individuals with a cancer diagnosis access their medical treatment. The grant in the amount of $30,000 is helping to fund the Penquis Access to Cancer Care program which provides transportation assistance to cancer treatment for individuals living in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties.
"For individuals living in rural areas the financial burden of traveling to treatment is just one of the barriers to getting the care they need," stated Marcia Larkin, Lynx Mobility Services Director, Penquis.
Access to Cancer Care provides reimbursement per mile to individuals who can drive themselves or to family members or friends who are providing transportation. The program also has trained drivers who will pick the individual up at their home and provide the transportation.
"Some individuals are without reliable transportation, or don't have anyone to take them to their appointments or, in some cases, just don't feel well enough to drive themselves," shared Larkin.
"We are very thankful for the funding from the Walmart Foundation. Currently it has allowed us to provide 1,327 trips, totaling 75,334 miles, for 55 individuals who otherwise would have found it very difficult to access their cancer treatment," stated Larkin.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, they are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systematic change. Achieving this goal by providing funds to a wide variety of local charitable agencies.
Penquis has a simple, but powerful mission to faclitate change, by assisting individuals and families in preventing, reducing, or eliminating poverty in their lives and through partnerships, to engage the community in addressing economic and social needs. Penquis primarily serves low-and moderate-income individuals in Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Knox Counties, though several programs extend well beyond these boundaries. For more information on Penquis and their programs visit http://www.penquis.org.