2011-04-21 / Community News

CPRIT Announces Ten Patient Support Services Grants

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced ten grant awards from the Texans Conquer Cancer Patient Support Services Program. These grants, funded by proceeds from the sale of “Texans Conquers Cancer” specialty license plates, are designed to help nonprofit organizations provide support services and assistance to cancer patients and their families including but not limited to transportation, rent, utilities, groceries/ food, childcare, medication assistance and medical supplies.

“Texas is fortunate to have this unique program that assists with the basic needs of cancer patients across the state” said CPRIT Executive Director William “Bill” Gimson. “Any way that we can help make the burden of cancer easier to bear is a benefit to cancer patients and their families during a critical time.”

The ten recently announced awards, each in the amount of $2,100, stretch across the state and represent a broad spectrum of services. Specific grant recipients and location include: Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas - Austin, TX; Candlelighters of the El Paso Area, Inc. - El Paso, TX; Center for Health Evaluation Education and Resources - Bracketville, TX; CHRISTUS Spohn Cancer Center - Corpus Christi, TX; Lee County Area Cancer Resource Center - Giddings, TX; Partners Together for Health, the foundation for JPS Health Network - Fort Worth, TX; Shannon Business Services - San Angelo, TX; Sisters Network Inc, Dallas Chapter - Dallas, TX; UT Health Science Center at San Antonio - San Antonio, TX; UT Southwestern/Moncrief Cancer Institute - Fort Worth, TX.

“It’s hard to imagine a cancer patient missing their treatment due to lack of transportation, or having to choose between buying groceries and paying rent, but unfortunately there are many patients and families who must face these difficult choices every day,” said Dr. Rebecca Garcia, CPRIT Chief Prevention Officer. “The Texans Conquer Cancer specialty license plate program provides hope for these families, and allows fellow Texans an opportunity to help.”

More information can be found at www.texansconquercancer.org.

Texas leads the nation in its commitment to curing cancer. In 2007, Texas voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment establishing the CPRIT and dedicating up to $3 billion to invest in groundbreaking cancer research and prevention programs and services in Texas.

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