FINANCIAL SUPPORT | Emergency Assistance Fund
Alight’s Emergency Assistance Fund provides financial support to breast cancer patients with a demonstrated need through the Cone Health Cancer Center. These funds help patients focus on their treatment and wellness by assisting them with urgent financial needs such as rent, utilities, transportation, food and childcare. Alight has assisted hundreds of patients and to date has been able to disburse over $200,000 through this program. To find out if you qualify for these services, please contact a financial counselor at the Cone Health Cancer Center 336.832.1100.
ALIGHT GUIDES | Peer-to-Peer Mentoring
Our team of survivor volunteers is an informed source of comfort and personal attention for patients when visiting Cone Health’s Alight Breast Cancer Clinic. From their initial clinic visit and through survivorship, these women help their peers navigate the breast cancer journey. Mentors are closely paired with newly-diagnosed patients and provide emotional support as patients face the challenges of breast cancer. Alight Guides are also available to patients who are treated at other nearby cancer facilities. Contact our office to learn more at 336-832-0027 or email email@example.com.
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES | Your Breast Cancer Treatment Handbook
Alight purchases and distributes this comprehensive book to all newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. This book helps the patient and their loved ones become familiar with a new vocabulary, the diagnosis, treatment protocols and options, and offer many important visuals. Local breast cancer medical professionals and breast cancer survivors recommend this book as the best information to help patients make informed, immediate, life altering decisions. For a newly diagnosed patient who is overwhelmed and remembers very little of what they are told, this book is invaluable. With this book in-hand patients do not have to search the internet or scour through the library or book store looking for helpful information.
PATIENT RESOURCES | The Journey Binder
Every newly diagnosed breast cancer patient in our community receives this three-ring notebook which Alight researches, designs, prints, and distributes. The Journey is written to support both the patient and the patients family or immediate support group during their treatment.
This notebook provides valuable information on medical and community resources. It aids a patient in finding help with financial and legal aid, transportation, non-cancer medical assistance, counseling, connecting to survivors and support programs, finding retailers with prosthesis garments and wigs, and discovering exercise and beauty opportunities. There is information on the medical community, maps to their locations, and helpful hints for each stage of treatment along with subjects such as medication, nutrition, and lymphedema.
This notebook helps a patient get organized by including a card holder for appointments and phone numbers, pocket holders for medication lists and monthly schedules, lined pages for questions and journaling.
The Cone Health Breast Alliance writes the medical sections in the notebook and approves the information given to patients. The resource information is updated regularly.
PATIENT SUPPORT MATERIALS | Alight Tote Bag & Comfort Pillow
The bag is given to every local, newly diagnosed breast cancer patient and contains both the Judy Kneece book and Journey Binder described above. The bag offers a convenient way to carry materials to and from appointments. A pillow for post-surgery use is also provided with instructions. Patients find these pillows helpful for use with radiation, reconstruction and breathing therapy as well.
ALIGHT NIGHTS | Educational Series to Empower Cancer Patients
Several times throughout the year, Alight Foundation hosts evening presentations followed by discussion on various topics relevant to breast cancer patients. These topics are selected based on common concerns we hear from patients and physicians and afford an opportunity to ask questions of experts in a non-clinical setting. Past presentations include topics such as Intimacy After Cancer and Chemo Brain. Alight Nights are held in the Armfield Auditorium at the Cone Health Cancer Center. Click here to view upcoming events.
A DAY AWAY | Patient Retreats
Alight offers day-long patient retreats focused around a selected topic and open to women both in treatment and beyond. These retreats are facilitated by licensed therapists and counselors who are experienced with the needs of cancer patients and offer reflection, meditation and other activities building a peaceful ‘day away’ from the usual demands of life. Participants report feeling less fearful, rejuvenated and often more focused on gratitude and living in the present. To see when our next scheduled retreat will be held click here.