Chemotherapy, then surgery to remove her cancerous breast, then more chemo followed by radiation lies urgently ahead. The cost will be an estimated $40,000. Our first goal is to raise the $12,000 for chemo and to have Grace's cancer surgically removed.
Grace has breast cancer. For 20 years she has lived and worked full time in central Toronto. She needs surgery urgently. Then she
will need chemotherapy, meds and radiation. With treatment, Grace has a chance to live. Without it, she will not make it. Grace is young, 51.
But Grace is medically uninsured. Despite her contributions, Canada still denies Grace access to federal health coverage. Ontario denies her too. For Grace, OHIP means NOHIP.
From a handful of doctors and nurses treating patients in a borrowed church basement, our Centre provides medical, dental mental health and dietary care to thousands of refugees, immigrants and other newcomers to Canada. At the same time we have grown to be a nationally recognized authority on the healthcare and well-being of newcomers to Canada.
Our Inter-disciplinary team of over 70 doctors, dentists, nurses, and other health and social professionals have generously volunteered their time, skills and funds in an effort
to ensure that every newcomer receives access in Canada to health care when they need it, without judgment for their immigration status or their ability to pay.
They are new to Canada, ineligible for insured services at times on their Canadian journey. They rely on the medical lifeline of CCRIHC’s free clinics as their only hope. Over 50,000 medical visits and counting. As the number of displaced migrants throughout the world rises dramatically we see it ripple through our clinics. We are always taking on a growing number of newcomers when they are ill and uninsured / underinsured. Healthcare plays a vital role in restoring their health, hopes, dignity, and resiliency for long-term success in Canada.
People are living, often working in Ontario but are denied OHIP
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Your support makes a difference and always will.
New beginnings become ever more challenging when newcomers are faced with an illness but can't afford basic or vital medical care.
Thirty percent of those we treat are children and youth new to Canada.We believe healthy children are better able to learn; and healthy adults are better able to contribute socially and economically to our country’s future. Donations provide the medical and dental care, mental health counselling, x-rays, ultrasounds, blood work, surgeries, cancer care, medication, clinic supplies, dental chairs and a food and warm clothing bank.