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LaGrange County COA gets IU Health grant

The LaGrange County Council on Aging’s (COA) transportation department, “LCAT,” was recently selected as a $5,000 recipient of the 2013 Community Benefit Fund Grant. IU Health Goshen awarded the grant at a reception held on May 31.

The grant is to be used to help transport cancer patients to receive treatments when they cannot afford to pay or do not have transportation. This is the second year that the LCAT program has been a recipient for this grant.

COA Executive Director Cheri Perkins wrote the grant and came up with the idea of helping out cancer patients along with the slogan “Trying to kill cancer one trip at a time!”

A lot of times cancer patients do not know that they will be starting treatments until a few days prior. It’s hard for patients to arrange treatments they have to receive every day on such short notice. The LCAT program tries to accommodate these trips as much as possible.

Perkins recently lost her grandfather and uncle to cancer and had a driver whose wife was receiving treatments every day. She was very aware of the cost and burden that receiving these treatments can have on a family.

The LCAT program wants to make sure that someone has the option available to receive treatments even if they cannot afford to pay for the transportation. This grant will play a huge part in making this goal a success.

The vehicle was a grant that the LaGrange County COA received from INDOT last year. Indiana University Health and the LaGrange County Community Foundation helped with the matching funds of this vehicle through a grant last year.

For more information on this program, call the LaGrange County COA/LCAT at 260-463-4161.