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IU Health Simon Cancer Center Office of Philanthropy
Making a Difference for Cancer Patients
Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. The cancer experts at Indiana University Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center work diligently to provide patients with the latest therapies, while addressing their unique needs and guiding them and their families through the treatment process. We know that in addition to outstanding medical treatment, our patients require a variety of services that address their emotional and financial needs during a very difficult time. Your donation can help.
We are very grateful to patients, their families and community members who choose to help our cancer patients. To make a donation to any of our programs, please contact Katy Cantor, chief philanthropy officer at IU Health Simon Cancer Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317.948.5336.
IU Health Simon Cancer Center
The IU Health Simon Cancer Center is a partnership between the Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana University Health. While the IU School of Medicine focuses on research and education at the facility, IU Health focuses on direct patient care.
Established in 1992, the center was renamed in 2006 to reflect the philanthropic support of the Melvin and Bren Simon family. It is the only patient care cancer center in Indiana to receive the National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation, recognizing the facility for scientific excellence, discovery and development of more effective approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and educating healthcare professionals and the public.
There are several ways you can assist patients who are currently undergoing treatment at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center, or help to find ways to better diagnose and treat cancer. Below is an outline of three urgent, priority areas.
Healing Garden Resource Center
IU Health is hoping to turn an indoor area at the IU Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center into a Resource Center for cancer patients and their families to relax, learn more about their illness and access the Internet. An adjoining outdoor area will feature trees, flowers and artwork in open areas, as well as secluded spaces for those who seek privacy in a serene setting. This peaceful garden will give cancer patients and their families an area to “escape” and enjoy the outdoors even though they are within a hospital setting.
Donations to this program go toward construction and maintenance of the Healing Garden Resource Center.
The CompleteLife Program provides compassionate assistance to cancer patients and their families through programs that offer:
- Art and music therapy
- Support groups
- Psychiatric/psychological consultation
- Financial and resource counseling
- Appearance consultation
- Light massage and healing touch
- Nutrition counseling
- Spiritual support
Because cancer can affect roles and routines of the whole family, CompleteLife is structured to address the needs and concerns of family members, including children, in addition to supporting our patients during and after treatment.
Donating to this program allows us to offer these various healing and therapy programs to our patients and families.
Cancer treatment is costly. On top of medical bills, patients still need to pay for housing, parking and transportation to and from the hospital—not to mention typical monthly bills such as heating and electricity. Our Patient Assistance program helps relieve some of the costs associated with cancer treatment and repeat trips to the hospital.
For example, IU Health offers assistance to those patients requiring patient housing due to bone marrow transplant. Ideally, bone marrow transplants are completed on an outpatient basis. However, there is a period of time when patients need to be monitored, but not necessarily at the hospital. Instead, they can stay in housing nearby the hospital so they can have their privacy with their families, while being close to medical care. Our program helps pay for the cost for a hotel or apartment for those bone marrow transplant patients who are far from home.
Donating to the Patient Assistance program helps offset some of the financial burden for cancer patients.
There are many options for making a donation to the IU Health Simon Cancer Center. Any size gift is welcome. To make a donation to any of our programs, please contact:
Katy Cantor, Chief Philanthropy Officer
IU Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center
550 N. University Boulevard, Suite 6257
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Methodist Health Foundation is the approved IRS charity that holds funds for IU Health Simon Cancer Center.