Augmented Financial Assistance Program
Wings of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation ("Wings of Hope") would like to request $5,000 of funding for our "Augmented Financial Assistance Program" or "AFAP".
Wings of Hope is a 100% volunteer run charitable, not-for-profit organization that provides financial assistance to low-income breast cancer patients receiving or who have received treatment at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre ("TBCC").
In 1996 Wings of Hope endowed the Alberta Cancer Foundation ("ACF") with $680,000. The endowment generates investment income which is used by the ACF to provide financial support for low income breast cancer patients through its Patient Financial Assistance Program ("PFAP").
In 2012, Wings of Hope initiated its Augmented Financial Assistance Program ("AFAP") based on our assessment that the current PFAP funding provided by ACF was not meeting the significant financial needs of low income breast cancer patients. Under AFAP, we provide additional funding for low income breast cancer patients that have "maxed out" their PFAP entitlements.
All of our funding to AFAP is provided through generous donors, both individuals and corporations that, like the Field Law Community Fund, wish to make a difference in their community.
AFAP is an ongoing program. It will continue so long as Wings of Hope is able to fund the program. In these uncertain times, donations to support our programs, including AFAP, have declined and we are looking for additional sources of funding to ensure the continuation of this very important program. Your generosity will make a significant difference to our AFAP program for 2017.
Who Will it Benefit?
Our AFAP program will benefit low-income breast cancer patients receiving or who have received treatment at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre ("TBCC") which services patients located in the Calgary and Southern Alberta region, for basic day-to-day living expenses, such as groceries, utilities, child care, housing, transportation, medication and other basic living expenses. Many of these patients are unable to work during their treatment. Our funding programs allow patients to focus on recovery.