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M. D. Anderson Cancer Patients Reap Benefit from Volunteer Efforts

M. D. Anderson Cancer Patients Reap Benefit from Volunteer Efforts
M. D. Anderson News Release 03/10/00

Countless patients at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center have benefited from allocations given from the hospital's Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support (VEPS) since its beginnings in 1991.

VEPS recently reviewed proposals from M. D. Anderson programs and departments requesting funding. After presentations on each request, the VEPS Disbursements Committee allocated grants from the endowment fund's available accrued interest.

  • Cancer Manager™ Direct Assistance Program was given funding to address medical care needs of M. D. Anderson Cancer Manager™ patients lacking adequate insurance coverage and who do not qualify for funding under other programs.
  • Families Living With Cancer, a program designed to assist with social and emotional support for families of M. D. Anderson patients when one member is undergoing cancer treatment, was allocated money to help with its meetings. The program is a collaboration of the Departments of Chaplaincy and Social Work and the Child Life and Place …of Wellness programs.
  • The Plastic Surgery Center received money for patient education materials for patients undergoing breast reconstruction and those being treated for skin cancer.
  • The Department of Admissions and New Patient Registration was awarded help for supplying an amenities program, which provides such items as pillows, beverages, ice, ice bags and small food items for patients awaiting room assignments.
  • The Nellie B. Connally Breast Center received funds for beepers and a large screen television for patients waiting in their area.
  • The Patients Amenities Program received an allocation for newspapers, coffee, tea and mints provided by Volunteer Services.
  • Funds were given to the Beauty Barber Shop to provide scarves, turbans, hats, wigs and other supplies free of charge to all patients.

Interest from the endowment supports vital programs not ordinarily funded by traditional sources. It's the extras like the artwork a patient may select to hang in the room during a hospital stay, the peppermints found on passing carts or in waiting rooms and the roses cut from the institution's own rose garden that make the difference when a patient is not feeling well.

Now nine years into the endowment program, the VEPS' goal is to endow a $1 million dollar fund within a 10 year period. To date, the endowment has reached more than $950,000, and is funded primarily by an annual luncheon. This year's sell-out luncheon featured well-known Texas author Prudence Mackintosh, and raised $53,000, which was added to the endowment figure.

03/10/00


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