Donors enhance holistic care
The past year saw many beautiful expressions of compassion including: the Courtyard by Marriott Prince George offering patients free stays while receiving care away from home, and donors enhancing access to spiritual care.
Since 2018, the Courtyard by Marriott Prince George has donated accommodations to patients accessing cancer treatment at BC Cancer – Prince George. Families receive a room to stay in, free of charge. In 2019 alone, they provided an incredible 100 nights to those in need, helping remove one obstacle many cancer patients may face, and today are helping alleviate the added stress for local families impacted by cancer in the face of COVID-19.
Addressing spiritual issues is an important part of cancer care as many advanced cancer patients identify spiritual distress and pain. Thanks to donors, BC Cancer was able to expand their spiritual care pilot project to further integrate spiritual care as an essential part of the cancer journey. With donor support, spiritual care referrals and counselling sessions have significantly increased from 109 patient contacts in 2018 to 375 patient contacts in 2019.