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The Little Things That Make a Big Difference for Cancer Patients

GRAPHIC: The Little Things for Cancer Logo.
GRAPHIC: The Little Things for Cancer Logo.
September 20, 2012

COLUMBIA, Md. - Everyday details can get lost in the whirlwind of cancer treatment. Paying bills, cooking dinner, child care and transportation can cause stress for patients and their families.

A local organization is there to make life easier for them, however. Wendy Letow, founder of The Little Things for Cancer, says her nonprofit's goal is to help relieve stress and anxiety.

"Before I founded the organization, I just went around and asked everybody I knew who was affected by cancer what was missing. These were the kinds of things they said."

Letow says most cancer patients rely on family and friends to pick up all the loose ends, but that can be trouble in the long run.

"Sometimes the support in the beginning that people have ends up not being there afterwards, so we pick up where they left off."

Hospitals coordinate referrals for assistance, and the services are provided at no charge to the patients and their families. Letow says they make donation dollars stretch by using volunteers, and more volunteers are always needed. To volunteer, she adds, call 443-228-8584.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MD