24 NOW: Because Cancer Doesn't Wait
Navigating cancer is already a daunting task, made even more treacherous during a worldwide pandemic. For many, the stress brought about by the existing financial strain of a cancer diagnosis and the uncertainty of life amidst COVID-19 can become too great. This is why 24 Foundation created the 24 NOW annual fund campaign to address the needs of those in our cancer community immediately.
Cancer treatment begins at diagnosis and can last a lifetime, forcing many to take unpaid leave from work to care for themselves or their loved ones. Additional barriers can include lack of transportation to and from treatment and the inability to afford the cost of medicine or childcare*.
The need is great, and the time is NOW.
The 24 NOW Fund will directly support cancer non-profits in the local cancer community as demand for resources soars as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe that those living with cancer need to focus on hope, health, and healing, and should never have to choose between their health and food/shelter.
In contrast to the annual grants we provide once per year through our 24 Hours of Booty event,24 NOW grants are distributed monthly based on funds availableand will address areas of greatest need in our cancer community, such as:
- Utility bills
- Rent or mortgage payments
- Insurance premiums or co-payments
- Prescription costs
- Transportation costs (such as car payments, assistance with necessary repair costs, or gas cards)
- Physical and Mental health programs
- Other expenses as approved by the 24 Foundation Grants Committee.
To apply, download the appropriate application below. Preference will be given to existing 24 Foundation beneficiaries, though all local cancer navigation 501(c)3 organizations are eligible.
*Individuals diagnosed with cancer face considerable physical, emotional, and financial challenges. According to a 2018 study published in the American Journal of Medicine, 42% of new cancer patients lose their entire life savings in two years because of treatment. The same study found that 62% of cancer patients are in debt because of their treatment. (AJA, The Economic Significance of Cancer, 2018)