Lakeland, FL— The Watson Clinic Foundation has received a grant from the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation in the amount of $15,000 for the Bridge of Hope Program. This program aims to provide needs-based supportive services to economically impacted individuals undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Once an applicant has been accepted into the program, they may apply for assistance with travel expenses, groceries, childcare, rent or mortgage payments, utilities or phone bills, household cleaning/organization, or yard maintenance for a maximum of $750.
To be eligible for the program, applicants must currently:
· Be undergoing active treatment in Polk County for a breast cancer diagnosis
· Be a Polk County resident over the age of 18
· Have an annual household income at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
· Have less than $5,000 in total household liquid assets
· Complete and submit the online application and submit all required support documentation
· Be willing to fill out an online questionnaire upon completion of the program
All applications must be submitted electronically online at WatsonClinic.com/BridgeofHope. Prospective applicants who do not have access to a computer may contact the Arts in Medicine Coordinator for assistance in completing an online application over the phone at 863-603-4718, or send an email to AIM@WatsonClinic.com for additional information.
Assistance is not provided until eligibility is determined. The Watson Clinic Foundation is not obligated to provide service to anyone, and the program is limited to funds provided by the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation. No financial relief will be paid directly to any applicant. Financial relief will be paid to the service provider.
ABOUT THE WATSON CLINIC FOUNDATION ARTS IN MEDICINE PROGRAM: Housed in the Watson Clinic Cancer & Research Center at 1730 Lakeland Hills Blvd. in Lakeland, the Watson Clinic Foundation’s Arts in Medicine program offers all forms of the expressive arts – including creative activities such as watercolor painting, origami, and mosaics – for cancer patients, caregivers and family members at the Watson Clinic Cancer & Research Center. Research shows that these creative outlets reduce anxiety, and create an environment that is more conducive to healing. For more information, visit www.WatsonClinic.com/AIM.