How Your Donation Helps
Your donations fund programs that impact the quality of life and treatment
options for colorectal cancer patients and their families every day,
through programs such as:
Patient Navigator Program
The Michael’s Mission Patient Navigator Program assists patients, caregivers and their families throughout the cancer care continuum. As part of the Michael’s Mission Patient Support portfolio, the Patient Navigator program supports those affected by colon cancer with individualized services, education and resources. Navigators focus on patient quality of life concerns including treatment side-effect management, emotional and psycho-social support, financial and insurance related questions, and care coordination between specialists. Navigators help facilitate effective communication leading to improved health care outcomes among patients, their families and healthcare professionals.
The Michael’s Mission #OneVoice Program is a topic-driven blog series written by patients, caregivers, industry leaders, and healthcare professionals in the colon cancer community. Individuals share their own unique voice and insight on topics ranging from quality of life concerns, cutting edge treatments, insurance and financial information, and words of inspiration for those living with colon cancer. Each blog post is followed by a live Twitter Chat or Town Hall meeting providing the colon cancer community the opportunity to share their unique voice and join in the conversation.
Patient & Caregiver Mentor Program
The Michael’s Mission Patient & Mentor Program provides patients, their families and caregivers the opportunity to meet with a Patient Mentor for emotional support, practical information, friendship and assistance from someone who has real life experience facing a colorectal cancer diagnosis. The volunteer Mentors are matched with a patient according to gender, age at diagnosis, stage of disease and geographical area. Volunteer Patient Mentors are vetted, receive training and continuing education from the Michael’s Mission staff prior to mentoring any new patient.
Medically Underserved Education & Outreach Program
The Michael’s Mission Medically Underserved Education & Outreach Program helps identify and eliminate barriers to timely colon cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment in medically vulnerable communities. By creating a patient-centered approach and working with community leaders, we are meeting the patient on their level, building lasting relationships, rapport and trust. Working in partnership with community businesses, civic organizations, faith-based organizations and community health centers, our goal is to help reduce and eliminate medical disparities in underserved populations leading to better health outcomes, higher quality of life, increased colon cancer awareness and education.
Patient & Family Support Program
The Michael’s Mission Patient & Family Support Program provides patients and their caregivers a safe place to share thoughts and feelings with an oncology social worker who is trained to help patients better manage psychological issues that arise during treatment. Patients meet with a social worker in a private setting for counseling that takes place while they simultaneously receive chemotherapy. In addition, family members and caregivers are also invited to attend facilitated support group sessions to share and connect with others going through similar experiences. *In partnership with The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health, New York City.