The Elixir Fund Registry, the perfect answer to "How Can I help?"
So often when a person is diagnosed with cancer, or other chronic illness, there is an outpouring of love and support from friends, family, and members of the community. A common response is "Let me know what I can do to help." Well-meaning friends and relatives may not realize that this comment can put a lot of pressure on patients and caregivers who find it difficult to verbalize what is needed and who do not want to impose on friends and family. Patients & caregivers have told us many times that it was difficult to ask for help, but that when it was received, they realized not only how meaningful it was, but also how great it made them feel.
Friends and family do not always understand how emotionally and physically draining treatment can be. Often those going through treatment feel guilty keeping friends at bay or do not know how to say they are tired when a visit has gone too long. They may find it difficult to return phone calls and emails.
The Elixir Fund Registry is the perfect answer for the patients and caregivers who do not know how or what to ask for. It provides direction for well-meaning friends and family or those separated by distance to offer support in a constructive and non-intrusive manner. It also creates an opportunity for those whose lives may have been touched by cancer in the past, or who want very much to have a positive impact on the lives of patients who may be strangers, to give anonymously. For those who struggle to find the right words, just the click of a button speaks volumes.