Receiving a cancer diagnosis is a life-changing occurrence that often comes with a great financial burden for the family of those affected. This week’s Friday Focus organization, Tiger Lily Charities, works to ease this burden by providing financial support to patients and their families. The charity was founded by Tiffany Kuhn, a leukemia survivor, in 2010. We caught up with Tiffany to learn about her organization’s work and their upcoming golf tournament in Lusby.
Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)
A: Tiger Lily Charities is an organization that is dedicated to leukemia patients. We provide financial support to our clients who are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of their diagnosis. We are able to provide grants for transportation costs, household bills, medical co-pays, etc. We can also provide referrals for additional support services. We have hopes that in the future we will be able to provide free transportation services for cancer patients who do not have reliable means of transport to and from cancer-related services.
Continuity in care is extremely important during cancer treatment, and our research shows that transportation can be a barrier to care for many cancer patients.
Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?
A: Every opportunity that we have to help is a great moment for us, and we feel very blessed to have the opportunity to become a part of the solution when times are tough for our clients. It is imperative that they are able to concentrate on recovery rather than dwelling on financial burdens. One moment that we are very proud of is that with the cooperation of a local car dealership, we were able to help a family get a reliable vehicle to transport their son to and from cancer treatment visits at the hospital. We also paid for their car insurance for six months so that they could focus on more important things.
Q: What is your biggest challenge?
A: One of our biggest hurdles is actually getting our organization’s name out there. We would like to reach out and help more families affected by leukemia. We are in the process of setting up referral services with local cancer treatment centers.
Q: Are there any upcoming events?
A: Our Annual Golf Tournament is coming up, May 3, 2015 at the Chesapeake Hills Golf Club in Lusby, MD. We are recruiting golfers and sponsors at this time. At the end of summer we host an Annual Luau for Leukemia in New Oxford, PA. All of the funds raised at our events are distributed as grants to our clients in need or used to further our mission.
Q: How can people get involved with your organization?
A: Please visit our website at http://www.tlcfund.org. From our home page, you can keep up with events, make a donation or provide us with a referral for services.