Unfunded Drugs

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Provincial regulatory bodies determine the drugs that can be used for each type of cancer and in which situation. Some are funded by government, some are not. 

Unfunded drugs may be new and still awaiting final approval from Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) yet be indicated for certain types of cancer where other drugs have not been effective. Others may be part of a ground-breaking treatment that is expensive and complex to deliver.  Yet novel therapies can be life-saving. 

There are countless reasons patients ask to try a new medication and Grand River does all it can to fulfill their request. Receiving a new drug can mean living with their disease under control, or living well for years longer during a palliative period – long enough to walk a daughter down the aisle or celebrate a milestone birthday. For many, trying a different line of medication would not be an option without financial support. 

Last year Grand River Regional Cancer Centre spent more than $1,000,000 on unfunded drugs (including $600,000 for unfunded chemotherapy drugs) to help patients in desperate need of life saving medications they would otherwise be unable to afford. 

*You will receive a tax receipt for the full amount in an email following your donation.


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Tax receipts are automatically sent once you have completed the payment information and checked out on the site. If you do not see an email come through with your tax receipt please check your junk or spam email folders. Email subject line is Grand River Hospital Foundation Donation Receipt if you are searching for it.

If you still cannot find it please contact please contact Jesse Borden, Fulfillment Manager & Donor Advocate at 226-750-2074 or info@grhf.ca for support. 

When donating any information entered in the Billing Address fields on the payment screen will be used to generate an automatic tax receipt. If company name is added here the tax receipt will be issued to the company.

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E-cards are available for donations in memory and in celebration, and each e-card allows you to customize the message being sent. In order to send the e-card you would need to know the email address of the recepient.

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The Foundation will only notify individuals on request. You can use the cart note functionality to provide a message and full contact details.