Why Give

With your generosity, we provide a range of programs and services for Pluta Cancer Center patients, families and caregivers.

Pluta Integrative Oncology and Wellness Center

Integrative oncology is a patient-centered, evidence-based field of cancer care that uses mind and body practices, natural products, and lifestyle modifications alongside conventional cancer treatments. It aims to optimize health, quality of life, and clinical outcomes across the cancer continuum. It also helps people prevent cancer and become active participants before, during, and beyond cancer treatment.

Integrative oncology focuses on the whole patient–not just treating cancer, by helping patients manage symptoms, improve their quality of life, and feel more in control of their care. Through donor support, all offerings are free to patients of Pluta Cancer Center and Wilmot Cancer Institute.

In partnership with Wilmot Cancer Institute, the Pluta Integrative Oncology and Wellness Center helps patients improve their entire wellbeing — physical, mental, and emotional.

Person getting a Massage

Patient Needs Program

Cancer puts unique and potentially devastating burdens on patients and their families. The emotional and financial costs of cancer can be overwhelming, with unexpected expenses, transportation challenges, and often the inability to continue to work. We help to ease financial stressors so patients can focus on what matters most: their health and family.

Patient receiving infusion

Comfort and Treatment

Comfort Bags for First-Time Patients

We give patients a comfort bag when they begin chemotherapy and radiation treatment, offering a measure of comfort and care. Each bag contains a variety of gifts, such as journals, cookbooks, coloring materials, blankets, warm socks, and hard candies. Every item has been thoughtfully identified as comforting and beneficial to patients during treatment.

Ponchos

Started by a Pluta patient, our Poncho Project gives a fleece poncho to each breast cancer patient at the beginning of radiation treatments. They are warmer and more comfortable than standard-issue hospital gowns.

Holidays

It is a Pluta tradition to help support families in need during the holidays. The physical and emotional effects associated with cancer treatment can be difficult in the best of circumstances. For many patients with a cancer diagnosis, the financial stressors are often magnified during the holiday season. 

Thanksgiving

Our Thanksgiving Program provides holiday meals to select patient families, through a hosted food drive and the generosity of the community. Collected ingredients are assembled and provide a complete holiday meal for each family.

Holiday Angel Program

The Holiday Angel Program provides holiday gifts for patients and their families. With the help of our generous donors, we collect gifts for the various ages and interests of patient families. Our Pluta Angels then embrace a family by helping to fulfill their “Wishlist”.