Cancer Support Community Delaware

Cancer Support Community Delaware

Cancer Support Community Delaware
Cancer Support Community Delaware
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Statewide Cancer Support

Cancer Support Community Delaware is a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. Support groups and programs are professio
Our History

The Cancer Support Community, formerly The Wellness Community, was founded in 1982 by Dr. Harold Benjamin in Santa Monica, California. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990, Cindy Dwyer teamed up with her friend Ellen Hamilton, to start a Cancer Support Community in Delaware (The Wellness Community Delaware). Motivated by a mutual friend, Mary Moller, and several other cancer survivors, a facility was opened in Wilmington, Delaware in 1996. Subsequently, facilities were opened in Dover in 2002 and in Rehoboth Beach in 2005.

On July 1, 2009, the Cancer Support Community joined forces with Gilda’s Club Worldwide to become the largest provider of psychosocial cancer support in North America. Our combined organization is comprised worldwide of nearly 50 local affiliates, 12 affiliates in development and over 100 off-site and satellite locations.
Category: Cancer, Health & Wellness,Healthcare
Our Programs

We provide weekly support groups facilitated by trained, licensed and experienced psychotherapists. At these meetings, people with cancer and their caregivers explore new ways of dealing with the physical and emotional problems associated with the disease. In addition, the following is a partial list of our offerings: Kids’ Circle; Teen Talk; Family Groups; Specific Cancer Site Groups; Introductory Meetings; Relaxation:Tai Chi; Yoga; Educational Workshops; Exercise; Nutrition Seminars; Art Therapy; Community-Based Program Initiative, working with the under-served population in downtown Wilmington; and Community Events.

Our Results

Evidence-based results from participants in our programs indicate that:

88% felt less alone
87% were happier because they were in group
85% believed they improved the quality of their lives
82% regained a sense of hope
75% strengthened their will to live
72% believed the relationship with their loved one(s) improved
Local Collaborations

We collaborate with all of the major doctors, hospitals, community and cancer organizations in the state.
I cannot say enough good things about this organization and highly recommend that if you or any of your family is forced into the fight of your life, know that they are there and they can help you. -Judy N, Facebook