The North Bay Cancer Alliance (NBCA) provides critical financial support to cancer patients and their families in the North Bay regardless where they are being treated or what kind of cancer they have. Patients can use the money for transportation, co-pays, grocery, lodging, or any essential needs they have. NBCA executive director Kent Corley observes, “Lengthy applications, financial status verification, and long wait times can discourage applicants or take too long to be effective. NBCA has instead opted for an approach that puts money in the hands of oncology social workers and patient navigators to distribute to patients on-the-spot, at the moment when it is needed.”
Chemotherapy and radiation are two good examples of why it is so difficult for cancer patients living on the margin of health and income. These treatments require patients to be physically present at an oncology center sometimes every day for two to three weeks straight. That might mean driving from Clearlake to Santa Rosa every day or from Santa Rosa to San Francisco, a 100 mile round trip. That’s expensive even if the patient has insurance and a working vehicle. NBCA financial support helps these patients stay in treatment.
In 2021 North Bay Cancer Alliance provided 525 local cancer patients $48,500 in direct financial assistance.
In 2022 we are very focused on providing financial support to low-income cancer patients living on the margin of health and income. Donations to NBCA, unless otherwise indicated, will go to fund cancer patients and their families most in need.
We are always happy to receive donations to our general fund or to a fundraiser such as Ascent on Cancer. However, should you wish to be more specific with your philanthropy we have a number of targeted funds you can contribute to. Select these specific funds on the pull down menu on the donation form.
You can also talk with NBCA executive director Kent Corley about creating a fund that reflects your own giving goals.
The Airport Health Club offers an exercise program for people recovering from cancer. The Cancer Wellness Program is for members and non-members with any type of cancer at any stage. The program is designed to implement the process of improvement in pain management and function so participants can better perform activities of daily living through appropriate exercise. Participants see improvements in posture, breathing, bone strength, endurance, digestion, tolerance to chemotherapy, pain, and fatigue.
This fund will provide access to art therapy for youth, and community members with cancer. The fund is created in memory of the loving kindness, humble ways, artistic talents and curiosity of Daniel Robert Doughty.
This fund supports cancer patients during their treatment and recovery by creating indoor and outdoor garden spaces to recharge, relax and inspire. Anne-Marie Allen has been a landscape professional for more than 25 years and is donating her time to create these wonderful garden spaces for cancer patients.
Donations to this fund are used solely for women and their families who are faced with a breast cancer diagnosis. We assist women in all five counties in the North Bay regardless of which hospital they are being treated in. Funds have been used to help pay for transportation, grocery, lodging, prosthetics, wigs, and a variety of innovative support groups.
The Jay Corley Memorial Fund was created in memory of Jay Corley who passed away from complications of prostate cancer in 2016. As a longtime Napa resident and community supporter his family started this fund to support cancer patients of all types living or being treated in the Napa area.
The Jennifer Hoffmann Memorial Fund was created by her mother Gloria Glickman and Gloria’s husband Don, primarily to support breast cancer patients being treated by Providence Health in Santa Rosa. This fund provides much needed financial resources to patients in need and also has created and launched many innovation pilot programs like Yoga, Sound Healing, and more.
The Marcia Anderson Memorial Fund was established to assist Spanish speaking cancer patients in our community. Proceeds have been used for patient assistance, translation services, pilot programs, research studies. A cancer diagnosis is challenging to understand especially for non-English speakers. Donations to this fund help Spanish speakers navigate the difficult process and helps to finance critical expenses.
In November of 2021 a team of hikers climbed Mt. San Jacinto to raise funds for NBCA. This was the first in a series of extreme hikes undertaken with two goals in mind. The first goal was to raise critical funds for North Bay cancer patients and their families who are living on the margin of health and income. The second was to take the names of Cancer Heroes up the mountain.
Ascent on Cancer 2021 has raised $15,000.
When I started here in 2015, I quickly came across a cancer patient that just needed bus money to get home from an appointment. It was mentioned to me to ask Kent at NBCA for a little bit of funds for such things. Almost immediately we were able to set up a system whereby NBCA would help fund the many various needs for our cancer patients. It has truly been a HUGE life saver over these past six years. We have funded bus passes, gas cards, grocery gift cards, lodging during chemo, dental care and funding special wishes for end of life situations. NBCA also funded many pilot programs such as Sound Healing, Rebuild & Renew, and Parking Lot Music Therapy.”
—Sharon Doughty, Patient Navigator, Providence Health
Also known as the fund for “Supporting cancer patients at Providence Health in Santa Rosa”