Gina Urias-Sandoval, a social worker from UNMMC, was a guest of Dr. James McKinnell, the featured speaker for the luncheon.
said community members often ask what they can do for families of children with cancer.Typically hot meals and other efforts are nice, she
"What they really can use is support," Urias-Sandoval
said."It really comes down to a financial need."
That's what excites her
about the Tri-Club assistance effort to raise money to assist young people with cancer with their travel expenses and necessary lodging.
"When you have money in your very own community, it must be a relief to them," Urias-Sandoval
said."I think this is what makes this community unique."Urias-Sandoval
said when a child is diagnosed with cancer, one of the parents typically has to stop working as much in order to take care of the child.That translates to a budgetary problem with the family, and the amount of travel for doctor visits compounds the problem.Many times, she
said parents have called her
and said they just do not have the money to travel to Albuquerque for an appointment, and rescheduling the appointment later could cause a delay of months in treatment.