Hearing the words “you have cancer” is a life-changing experience. With three words, your doctor tells you your life as you know it has changed forever.
Your mind races with the obvious questions: What stage is my cancer? Could it have been found sooner? What will treatment look and feel like? Am I going to die?
After some of those questions are answered come the more practical matters: How will cancer impact my family? Can I continue working during treatment? Will I be able to get to treatment? Will I have to choose between putting dinner on the table and paying for my medication?
That’s why Dr. Susan Newman created the L5 Foundation. Newman, an oncologist at the Cancer Institute at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, saw first-hand the struggles her patients had, and the very real choices they had to make.
The L5 Foundation stands in the gap to meet the very real and practical needs of cancer patients in treatment and their families.
Each of L5 Foundation’s programs have a specific purpose, including providing daily meals designed to meet a cancer patient’s specific needs, providing Christmas dinner for patients and their families, ensuring transportation barriers are overcome, offering respite care to give caregivers a break, and a bit of pampering when treatment is complete.