A London woman’s effort to honour her mother is receiving praise from London Health Sciences Foundation.
Jenni Holland’s mother Rita died last month after 3-years of fighting cancer.
“I remember being at the cancer clinic with her a lot,” Holland said on AM980’s Craig Needles Show on Thursday. “We were overhearing people talking about how it’s unfortunate that their family can’t come sit with them due to parking costs and even themselves having trouble paying the $12.”
She’s now trying to raise $5,000 through a GoFundMe campaign to cover the expense on April 16th – what would have been Rita’s 60th birthday.
“You can’t control if you get cancer or not and you can’t control how much money is in your bank account if you do,” Holland said. “If we can help, even just for one day, it can put a smile on somebody fighting for their life.”
LHSF spokesperson Alex Peterson tells AM980 this is a great effort as patients often face unexpected expenses.
“There was a research study in 2006 that said the out of pocket cost for cancer patients who reported experiencing a financial burden ranged between about $200 and $500 per month depending on their employee benefit package and varied health care needs.”
Peterson says they do have resources in place as well for patients and their families who may be struggling to cover costs.
“We have a thing called the ‘Patient Assistance Program’ with the London regional Cancer Program. That goes to the social workers at the cancer program if people are having financial difficulty that is related to their treatment.”
Parking at the LHSC costs $12 for a day, or $14 for a pass that allows for in and out privileges.
New parking regulations will kick in by the end of next month that will allow for 5, 10, and 30-day transferable parking passes, which carry at least a 50% discount.