Re: 'Couple fighting for cancer survivors', Truro Daily News, Oct. 4.
To the editor,
My heart goes out to the Simpsons in their fight for the government to raise the funding level in Nova Scotia for lower-income families dealing with transportation and lodging related to treatments.
It’s appalling that it hasn't been raised since 1994. The current level – $15,720 (combined income) is below the poverty level. It’s not rocket science to figure that out.
About 10 years ago, we at Caring for Cancer Patients along with other support groups sent letters and petitions trying to have this funding raised and all we received from the cancer society was that nothing would be done until the government changed the Boarding, Transportation and Ostomy (BTO) Program funding.
At the time we were talking to the Progressive Conservative and they are dealing with the NDP now.
Let’s see which political party can make this issue their platform and follow through. All parties can indicate they support the increase to $25,000 but we need more than lip service. As Susan Taylor Simpson states, “We want movement.”
Let's flood our party leaders with calls and show them how important this issue is for all past, current and future cancer patients who fall into this category.
Caring for Cancer Patients has found this to be the biggest assistance patients and their families need when going through this medical crisis. Come on party leaders listen to the people. This is not a new fight. Support Susan and Maynard Simpson and make a difference in the lives of many Nova Scotians.
Director, Caring for Cancer Patients