Cancer Support Community News — Current
Sponsor a butterfly and honor a loved one affected by cancer
The Wings of Hope: Butterfly Release is for friends and families to celebrate and honor the lives of those living or passed, who have been touched by cancer. Please join us for this heartwarming event on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Civic Park in Walnut Creek. The day will include a ceremonial butterfly release, fun kids activities and an interactive tribute wall. Guests are given the chance to reflect and honor those close to them who have been affected by cancer, by releasing a live monarch butterfly in their name.
Twelfth Annual Wellness Gala Was a Huge Success!
Our recent Wellness Gala: An Evening of Hope was the epitome of a party with a purpose. Over 350 people celebrated with us at the beautiful Diablo Country Club and helped to raise nearly $350,000! This incredible success could not have been possible without all of our wonderful sponsors and guests.
Diamond Sponsor: Myrna & Dennis Cheney
Platinum Sponsor: Wells Fargo Advisors and Cliff & Susan Wichmann
Gold Sponsor: Lescure Company
Cancer Support Community in the News
Cancer Support Community has been receiving a lot of attention lately, in both local and national news.
InVision Communications Wins Philanthropy Award
We are very excited to share that our dear friends at InVision Communications, have been chosen to receive the Contra Costa Council’s 2012 Philanthropy Award. InVision Communications has been producing our largest fundraising event, the annual Wellness Gala, for the past twelve years. InVision CEO Rod Mickels is a member of our Board of Directors. We are thrilled such a great community organization is being honored and we congratulate them on their success!
New Melanoma Networking Group!
This drop-in group is for people with melanoma, including long-term survivors, family and caregivers. The group is a place to share information, meet with others who know what it’s like to cope with melanoma, and support each other. For more information, please call 925.933.0107. You can also download our flyer here.
Silicon Valley Center Closure
Our Silicon Valley center is closing on June 30, 2012. We will begin providing community-based programs at El Camino Hospital in July. Click here to read a letter from our Executive Director. Click here for more information about our offsite programs.
Wings of Hope Butterfly Release raises $18,000 for CSC!
On Saturday, June 9th, hundreds of Monarch butterflies took flight at the Wings of Hope: Butterfly Release honoring those in our community who have been touched by cancer. The inaugural event put on by Cancer Support Community San Francisco Bay Area, included a ceremonial butterfly release, fun kid’s activities, and an interactive tribute wall. Guests were given the chance to reflect and honor those close to them who have been affected by cancer, by releasing a live butterfly in their name. Erika, who attended the event said, “It was a meaningful and lovely event.”
Shell, a cancer survivor, spoke during the program saying, “I felt very alone when I was out in the regular world, and Cancer Support Community really was my refuge.” Cancer Support Community provides programs and services that enable cancer patients and their families to manage their treatment and recovery as effectively as possible, increase their chances for survival, and provide for a higher quality of life. Anyone affected by cancer is welcome, and all of their services are always free of charge. Events like Wings of Hope are what Cancer Support Community is all about, bringing our community together in a way that is truly meaningful, and honoring those touched by cancer.
Wings of Hope would not have been possible without its many sponsors. Janice Hoss of John Muir Health said, “John Muir Health and Cancer Support Community have been long standing community partners for over 20 years, and we appreciate the opportunity to be the Presenting Sponsor of this unique event.” One hundred percent of the proceeds of this event will directly underwrite the services for numerous cancer patients and their families in our community.
Generous sponsors of this event included:
John Muir Health
Diablo Valley Oncology/Hematology
Contra Costa Oncology
Mt. Diablo Solano Oncology Group
Tootsies – Rockridge
Sun., May 13, 2012 (Stage 1 Begins)
The signature event of the Breakaway from Cancer initiative is the Amgen Tour of California, an 8 day cycling event that travels down the coast of California. The 2012 tour will take place on May 13th - 20th, 2012, kicking off in Santa Rosa and ending in Los Angeles. As part of this year's tour, four Breakaway from Cancer non-profit partners, including CSC, will travel to 16 cities, walk with hundreds of cancer survivors and caregivers as part of five Breakaway Mile marches, and distribute valuable resources, information and giveaways at the Breakaway from Cancer booth. Our mission is to empower and support cancer survivors, their families and caregivers. To learn more about Breakaway from Cancer, visit www.BreakawayfromCancer.com.
The Results Are In!
In the year 2011, Cancer Support Community San Francisco Bay Area served over 2,000 people — totaling over 17,000 visits. We are honored to be here for people affected by cancer in their time of need.
New Directors Elected to CSC SFBA Board of Directors
Rod Mickels, Kim Callas, and Patrick Devinger have been elected to the Board of Directors of Cancer Support Community. Rod is CEO of InVision Communications. Kim is the Chief Operations Officer for CMG Financial, and she is also a breast cancer survivor. Patrick is a Commercial Real Estate Analyst for Integra Realty Resources, and he is also a tongue cancer survivor. The Board of Directors is comprised by several volunteers who are responsible for governing Cancer Support Community. This includes developing strategic goals and objectives, approving organizational policies, developing community relationships, and raising funds to support our mission. For more information about our volunteer leaders, click here.
Open to Options Decision Support Program Available
Have you recently been diagnosed with a new or recurrent cancer? Do you need to make decisions about treatment options? Do you have an appointment scheduled to meet with your doctor?
Cancer Support Community now offers a question listing service to help you prepare for your upcoming oncology visit. This service is available at no cost to anyone diagnosed with a new or recurrent cancer who has to make decisions about treatment options. The goals of this program are to help you communicate clearly with your medical team, ask critical questions about your options, and help ensure that your treatment decisions fit your personal hopes and goals. To make an appointment, please call our Walnut Creek office at 925.933.0107 or our Silicon Valley office at 650.968.5000.