Out of cash, Cancer Patient Care may close its doors

SPOKANE, Wash. - Cancer Patient Care in Spokane may not be around by the end of the month. The organization that helps cancer patients may have to close its doors.

This center is funded by donations and grants and employees say they were hit hard by the economy and had to use reserve funds to help the 400 clients they care for every month.

But now, that money has run out and so has their time.

Cancer Patient Care needs help

Nutrition, warmth, and even social confidence are things every person should have. They're just a few things Cancer Patient Care has provided its clients for the last 54 years.

They're things Steve and Joleen Robinson were provided when Joleen was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma four years ago.

"We felt supported, and cared about," Joleen Robinson said. "I could focus on getting better, because I had the little bit of assistance."

Now,  after decades of helping create positive stories like the Robinsons', the organization itself is asking for help.

"We have to make a decision by the end of this month. Either declare bankruptcy, or close our doors, or have a great deal of additional funds," Cancer Patient Care Executive Director Melissa Halverson said.

Right now, Halverson said that Cancer Patient Care is stretching out its last dollars.

"We've been able to continue, to give those funds to our clients at this point, but there's no more money to keep the organization running," she said.

After eight chemotherapy sessions, 27 radiation treatments and open-heart surgery Joleen's cancer is now in remission.

"She's the strongest person I've ever met, and I couldn't do what I do without her," Steve Robinson said.

Cancer Patient Care needs close to $50,000 to keep its doors open; that money would keep them running until next spring when it hosts its biggest fundraisers.