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For the first time during October’s national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County will hold a telethon on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. with the goal of raising $500,000 for Komen’s treatment assistance program.
“TAP is Caring” will be televised on Los Angeles station KCAL 9 and simulcast on CBSN Los Angeles, losangeles.cbslocal.com/live.
TAP provides financial support for those in treatment to cover related expenses that often serve as a barrier to receiving needed care, such as childcare, eldercare, transportation for treatment, portions of rent or living expenses, food, oral pain medication, durable medical equipment, oral chemotherapy and more.
Emmy award-winning KCBS/KCAL anchor Pat Harvey will co-host the event with Emmy-winning TV host Samantha Harris, Komen’s Los Angeles’s 2017 Breast Cancer Survivor of the Year and Ryan “Q” Quast of Q Loves You.
Others scheduled to appear during the Telethon include Grammy Award-winner Melissa Manchester, entertainer Kelly Osbourne and pro Football Hall of Fame icon Brett Favre, among others.
“The demand for assistance regularly outpaces available funds. Yet due to the economic impact of the coronavirus, with rising levels of unemployment, more people than ever are likely to need assistance,” stated a release issued by Susan G. Komen.
Last year, TAP served nearly 4,500 individuals nationally, including 462 in California. It is estimated that a third of those in treatment for breast cancer in the U.S. may qualify for this assistance.
For information, visit komenlacounty.org/tap.
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