Jeremy C. Park talks with Leighanne Soden, Executive Director of the West Cancer Foundation, who highlights the Memphis, Tennessee-based nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the fight against cancer by providing patient resources to improve treatment and recovery, early detection and education to reduce critical cancer outcomes, and community-based research to improve health inequities.
Founded in 2020, the organization is committed to developing collaborative partnerships and innovative patient-centered initiatives that remove barriers to cancer care.
During the interview, Leighanne discusses the growth of the organization and its services, including free transportation to and from cancer treatments and appointments, free post-mastectomy wigs and garments, and free lymphedema garments. Leighanne also talks about the recent grant awarded to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) to fund its Oncology Fellowship program, and how the West Cancer Foundation has now awarded 15 grants to UTHSC totaling $1.19 million. She also talks about some of the many ways the community can support their efforts, like with upcoming events, volunteerism and through donations.
Visit www.westcancerfoundation.org to learn more.