In 2002, Cancer Services of Allen County in Ft. Wayne, Ind., a not-for-profit agency providing non-medical services to people with cancer, developed its Client Advocate Program, which provides supportive counseling, case management and wheelchairs and other medical equipment to people living with cancer.
Advocates meet with cancer patients and assist them through treatment, recovery and, if necessary, through the end stages of the disease.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Local Funding Partnerships national program.
Client advocates provided support to more than 3,000 cancer patients through nearly 24,000 contacts over the course of the grant.
Of the clients surveyed, 96 percent reported that Cancer Services of Allen County improved their quality of life, and 95 percent reported they felt more in control of their lives.