Tapan Mitra Community Access Fund

Research has shown that one of the biggest barriers for people facing cancer is accessibility.

Living in an underserved community can affect the decision to get regular lifesaving tests such as mammograms colonoscopies and PSA testing, or even the ability to pursue treatment. Lack of reliable transportation or economic sustainability affects these life changing decisions for many people in our area.

Early detection saves lives! There is no doubt about it. Lack of access should not determine your chances for a healthy life.

The Tapan Mitra Community Access Fund provides financial assistance to help with travel costs related to appointments for diagnosis, second opinions and treatment. This assistance is designed to help and support individuals who are currently experiencing financial hardship due to cancer-related issues. Gifts have no responsibility for repayment by the individual or any other party.

Tapan Mitra, Goldwin Smith Professor of Economics at Cornell University, passed away in Ithaca on February 3, 2019. Born in 1948 in Calcutta (now Kolkata), India, he studied at Presidency College and the Delhi School of Economics before entering the University of Rochester as a Ph.D. student. Prior to joining Cornell in 1981, he taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Tapan Mitra was on the Editorial Board of Economic Theory and of the International Journal of Economic Theory at their inception and was a Fellow of the Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET). He was also a Fellow of the Econometric Society and had held a Sloan Fellowship.

In all his pursuits, Tapan Mitra displayed an uncommon level of grace, kindness, and sincerity, with a never-failing emphasis on the positive.

We are grateful to Tapan and his family for this amazing gift giving us the ability to continue our mission that no one should face cancer alone!