PUMPED TO FIGHT CANCER
The Harold & Carole Pump Foundation (H&CPF) honors a beloved father who lost his battle with cancer in 2000 and a loving mother who passed away in 2012. Using their unique relationship-building talents and skills, Dana and David Pump, have raised more than $5.5 million for the Carole Pump Women’s Center, Harold and Carole Pump Department of Radiation Oncology, and the Leavey Cancer Center at Northridge Hospital Medical Center and other non-profit community charities.
The mission of the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation is to raise funds and create awareness for the treatment and cure of cancer. By engaging the community, sports leaders, and those touched by this disease, financial support is given to the development of cancer treatments, programs and services as well as the procurement of advanced medical technology.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH & SERVICES
Educating the community about cancer prevention and early detection is vital to the health of our residents. With free education and cancer screenings, lives can be saved with early detection. In 2012, the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation Outreach Program attended 107 community events and educated more than 6,098 people on cancer awareness. Education was provided in both English and Spanish.
Thanks to the generosity of the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation, the Carole Pump Women’s Center hosted 12 FREE health fairs for the uninsured and underinsured in our community. “Reaching Out Health Fairs” attracts hundreds of people who receive free breast and prostate evaluations and screenings. Since prevention is key, attendees also learn how to decrease their chances of a cancer diagnosis. In 2012, the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation provided 1,035 people with the following FREE health screenings:
• 1,019 Mammograms
• 15 Diagnostic Mammograms
• 23 Ultrasounds
• 8 Ultrasound Needle Placement
• 8 Biopsies
• 16 Prostate Exams
FAMILY PLAN –SUPPORT, COMFORT AND HOME HEALTH
The Family Plan Fund assists patients and their families with payment for services or equipment needs. Patients who are hospitalized or at home with a cancer diagnosis face many difficult hours filled with painful treatments, unpleasant side effects, invasive tests, and much uncertainty. This is interspersed with periods of boredom, depression and fatigue – making it a very difficult time for the patient and their families. In 2012, the H&CPF provided cancer patients with over 113 hours of home healthcare and one-on-one support.
FAMILY PLAN – TRANSPORTATION TO THOSE IN NEED
For those cancer patients with no means of travel, the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation has budgeted a portion of their funding to provide transportation to and from the hospital for treatment and tests. This past year the Foundation provided 334 trips. This service continues to be a tremendous benefit for those in need.
FAMILY PLAN – PATIENT NAVIGATOR
Finding compassionate support is important, especially for new patients who are overwhelmed with a cancer diagnosis. A patient navigator serves as a personal guide who meets with inpatients and outpatients one-on-one to better acquaint them with the Carole Pump Women’s Center, the Harold and Carole Pump Department of Radiation Oncology and the Leavey Cancer Center. Through the generous support of the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation, patients can rely on their Navigator for compassionate support, encouragement and education to ensure they have every available resource to make informed decisions regarding treatment, options and symptoms management.
EQUIPMENT – ENDOSCOPIC VIDEO SYSTEM FOR ONCOLOGY PATIENTS
Most cancers are more likely to be cured if they are detected and treated at an early stage. Furthermore, patient outcomes and quality of life are improved if diagnostic and therapeutic procedures can be performed using minimally invasive technologies. One such example of minimally invasive technology is the endoscopic video system purchased by the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation for cancer patients. The endoscopic video system allows the physician to look inside the patient’s body by inserting a light pope with viewing optics (endoscope) into the body through a natural opening or small surgical puncture. Endoscopic procedures are less traumatic to patients, cause less discomfort, and enable shorter recovery time. Minimally invasive surgical procedures using endoscopy are often far more beneficial to the patient than traditional open surgical approaches. Many procedures are performed in the outpatient setting; thus, allowing the patient to go home without the inconvenience of a hospital stay.
Endoscopic technology serves a vital role in treatment of cancers and other diseases. Today, advanced endoscopic systems enable physicians to both detect and treat cancers at earlier stages and improve procedural outcomes.
STOP CANCER – CANCER RESEARCH
The Harold & Carole Pump Foundation has partnered with Stop Cancer and has provided funding of $150,000 for the past three years for lymphoma research. The mission of Stop Cancer is to find a cure for cancer by funding innovative cancer researchers at the three National Cancer Institute – designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the Los Angeles area.