What Is CAN Cancer?
CAN Cancer is a local appeal to provide community assistance to cover non-medical living expenses for Central Oregonians fighting all forms of cancer.
CAN Cancer was established by Gil, Stu and Corinne Martinez of Wilderness Garbage in cooperation with the Central Oregon Haulers, a group of garbage and disposal companies including Cascade Disposal, Madras Sanitary Service, and Republic Services.
The way we see it, we are designed by profession to pick up the pieces, to clean up the dirty side of fighting Cancer. ‐ Corinne Martinez, founder and owner of Wilderness Garbage
The Ugly Side of the Fight
It’s the ugly side of the fight – the financial and emotional strain. Something CAN Cancer founders Corinne and Gil Martinez know firsthand. When their son, Stu, was diagnosed with throat cancer, the cost of travel to St. Charles from La Pine, and the everyday living expenses, mounted quickly.
Not all families are as lucky. Survivors attest that fighting the disease requires every ounce of their emotional and physical strength. The chances for beating it drop significantly when energy is spent worrying about paying for the gas to travel to a treatment center or the expense of food bought to feed a tired immune system.
One Survivor’s Story
When Mark was diagnosed with head/neck cancer; Mark wasn’t able to work during his treatment, nor the next few months after he recovered. He and his wife Mary eventually exhausted their savings and retirement fund. They had been keeping afloat through the grace of friends and family and had just begun reaching out to see what assistance might be available. That’s when they heard about CAN cancer. The fund was able to help them meet their utility obligations.
When you’re facing cancer; just having people come alongside you and reach out ‐ that’s a fabulous blessing. ‐ Mark & Mary.
CAN Cancer has chosen lavender to help brand their efforts and boost visibility and recognition of the program. Why lavender? In the world of cancer awareness, the color lavender represents all types of cancer. Because our assistance is not limited to any specific type of cancer and will touch those undergoing all types of treatment, we felt it was the obvious tie-in.
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