CAN Cancer helps local patients with expenses

From left: Aimee Thompson, Rob Thompson, Ursula Marinelli and Ken Riley. The Thompsons and Riley own Thompson’s Sanitary Service, and Marinelli is Executive Director of the Pacific Communities Health District Foundation. (Courtesy photo)

In partnership with the Pacific Communities Health District Foundation, Thompson’s Sanitary Service is helping local patients in their fight against cancer through the CAN Cancer program.

This program helps cover non-medical living expenses for people fighting all forms of cancer. Donation envelopes for the CAN Cancer program can be found in the Thompson’s Sanitary Service November statements, the main lobby of Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, Oregon Coast Bank Waldport and Toledo branches, and Columbia Bank in Newport.

“The CAN Cancer program provides incredible comfort to our patients,” said Tanis Hernandez, a social worker in Samaritan Pacific Health Services’ Oncology Department.

“Recently, a patient from Newport in the late stages of cancer came to our clinic with a notice that her electricity and heat were going to be disconnected within 24 hours due to lack of payment. The foundation’s patient support associate made the payment over the phone so that the electricity would be kept on and arranged for the patient to make ongoing payments,” Hernandez said. “Another patient received an eviction notice because she was unable to work while receiving cancer treatments, and the CAN Cancer fund made it possible for us to help her avoid eviction.”

Patients can receive up to $250 for non-medical expenses related to their care and treatment, such as fuel, travel, utilities and nutrition costs. Since the program’s inception in 2011, 235 patients have received $55,482 in financial assistance thanks to contributors to the CAN Cancer program.

“CAN Cancer was started in Bend, Oregon,” said Rob Thompson, of Thompson’s Sanitary, a driving force behind the local CAN Cancer program. “If everyone donates just a little, we would have enough funding to significantly ease the financial burden of those battling cancer.”

Thompson’s Sanitary envelopes only go to Newport customers because that is their service area. However, CAN Cancer is available to all qualifying patients in the hospital’s service area, including Yachats, Waldport, Newport, Depoe Bay, Toledo and Siletz. That is why donations can also be made at Oregon Coast Bank and Columbia Bank, as well as online at

The foundation’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of the central and southern coastal communities by raising funds to acquire new equipment, facilities, services and education for the Pacific Communities Health District, in partnership with Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital.

For more information, contact PCHD Foundation at [email protected] or 541-574-4912.


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