For The C Card and Me 2, I decided to bring in an expert on coping guidance for cancer patients. I think I did a pretty fair job of it on my own, but I knew there was more I hadn’t thought of, and this book was about bringing more in-depth information to the table.
Eve is an excellent source for that. She has an active counseling practice in the San Diego area and is the founder of Cancer Angels of San Diego, a non-profit that brings direct financial relief to Stage IV cancer fighters living in San Diego County. CASD writes checks to landlords/mortgage companies, utility companies and offers gas/grocery cards directly to paitents, ensuring that all late-stage cancer patients have a roof over their heads, healthy food in their bellies and a way to get to and from treatment, easing their stress and allowing them to focus on the fight.
The spark that ignited the movement to start this charity, was a woman named Georgia Mitsopoulos. Eve witnessed first hand, the financial, physical and emotional devastation that daunting a diagnosis like Stage IV cancer bring to the one receiving it. She wanted to do something to help. At the time, Stage IV was considered terminal, and after over a decade of fighting it, Georgia did lose her battle, but Cancer Angel’s of San Diego has helped hundreds of people since to either stay financially afloat until the end or in a growing number of cases, make it through to their second lease on life.
Eve added some insights to the book that I hadn’t thought about and one in particular that I’ve been applying ever since. I’m proud and honored to have had her be a part of the book.
I hope that more communities will adopt the mantra of CASD, “Everyone deserves a fighting chance.” and will implement this life saving strategy for the members of their community who are facing, fighting cancer.
If you would like to show your support for Cancer Angels of San Diego, simply click here to go to their website’s donation page: www.cancerangelsofsandiego.org.