Although your institution may have cut positions, services, and other programs due to not having budgetary means to fund them, that doesn’t mean that these resources aren’t needed; it means they aren’t part of someone’s annual budget. For good or bad reasons, this is a reality. Rather than fuss about it, do something. That “something” can be identifying opportunities such as this for philanthropic donors to embrace.
Whether you are aware of it, cancer patients and their family members like to say thank you in some tangible way to the oncology team that took care of them and got them through. This includes families who lost a loved one as well. Although not something for discussion during active treatment, it is important for navigators to pay attention and learn during their treatment what their patients are passionate about. When passion and purpose meet, extraordinary things always happen.