“We realize that while patients are undergoing and/or recovering from treatment, most cannot work full time and therefore their incomes are significantly less than usual. This means that everyday necessities become luxuries. We aim to help with those very needs so the patient can focus on healing”.
-Carrie Madrid, Founder & President
A Community Built on Love
As we continue to share our story we find others in our community wanting to be a part of it. We want to say a big, Thank You to our supporters, we don’t know what we would do without you.
The many different ways we help…
- One-time grants for utility bills, rental assistance and co-pays.
- Uber, Lyft or Fuel cards to help with transportation to and from treatments.
- Gift cards for groceries and household items.
- Chemo “CARE” Packages
- The Shannon K. Brown Grant is awarded to one recipient in financial crisis. The presentation is made at our annual fundraising gala and is approximately $3,000.00
- Prom Project – One Inland Empire patient who has a teen going to prom will be sponsored for an all expenses paid prom experience.
- Adopt-A-Family Holiday Campaign – One Inland Empire family in financial distress is adopted and gift cards are collected by supporters of The CARE Project to be passed on to the family.
Our Survivor Social Club was established for those going through and recovering from treatment. This is a relaxed, small group of Survivors who share a common bond and want to socialize with others who have “been there, done that.” Our monthly socials could be a simple luncheon or a fun outing such as makeovers, movies, beach trips, etc.
- Survivor/Patient mentoring – newly diagnosed are matched with a survivor for one on one support.
- Health & Wellness – From time to time we have special guests join us for classes/workshops on things such as Yoga, Nutrition, Zumba, Meditation, Essential Oils and more. We aim to focus on prevention and recovery through health and wellness and have partnered with volunteer nutritionists, instructors, physicians and therapists.
Shannon K. Brown Grant
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Shannon, a mother, wife, sister and daughter was a sparkling light who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 34 and earned her angel wings two years later. She left an amazing legacy of commitment to other patients and we honor her every day. Even as she was going through her own cancer journey, Shannon was present for other breast cancer patients through her involvement with The CARE Project. She was instrumental in working with Carrie to develop the Mentor Program and was committed to raising male breast cancer awareness. She served as a Survivor Mentor and helped facilitate the Survivor Social Club. Her positivity was a gift to other patients. Shannon’s family and friends have been instrumental in creating residual income for TCP which fund this annual grant.
Requirements: Female patient diagnosed under the age of 40 in financial crisis.
Submission timelines: Annually between July 1st through September 1st.
Presentation of the grant: We issue this grant at our annual gala, An Evening of Caring.