UAMS Cancer Institute Auxiliary Presents Grants to Three Northwest Arkansas Organizations

By Susan Van Dusen

The organizations received the grants for programs providing a positive impact on the lives of cancer patients:

•   HOPE Cancer Resources of Springdale – $15,000 for emergency and prescription assistance
•   Cancer Support Homes of Fayetteville and Bentonville – $6,000 to provide wigs for cancer patients in active treatment
•   Reynolds Cancer Support Home in Fort Smith – $5,000 to provide travel assistance for patients

The grants are made available, in part, with proceeds from the Auxiliary’s Partners Card fundraising project.

Partners Card has been offered for five years in northwest Arkansas and has raised $88,000, which was returned to the community as grants for direct cancer patient services.

Total grants given to northwest Arkansas organizations during the past five years equal $121,000 and include funds raised at other Auxiliary events throughout the year.

For 10 days each fall, shoppers who purchase the $50 cards receive a 20 percent discount at dozens of area stores. All proceeds from the sale of the Partners Cards go to the Cancer Institute Auxiliary to fund projects that directly benefit cancer patients. Partners Card also is offered in central Arkansas.

The UAMS Northwest regional campus in Fayetteville offers educational opportunities for students in the UAMS Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Related Professions. Eventual enrollment at the regional campus is expected to be between 250-300 students.

The Cancer Institute Auxiliary has about 600 members. About 100 members provide day-to-day patient support services such as greeting guests and working in the gift shop. About 400 additional auxiliary members participate in fundraising events throughout the year.
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