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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Canadian Cancer Society: here to help

Canadian Cancer Society

Did you attend or support the Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life last June? The committee sincerely thanks all those who contributed to the success of Pincher's first Relay For Life on June 21, 2014. More than $39,000 was raised through the kindness and generosity of our community. To say we were in awe of this success is an understatement!

Do you want to know how your donation to the Canadian Cancer Society helps people in the community?

It’s been said that, “knowledge is power.” The Canadian Cancer Society connects with people newly diagnosed with cancer to empower them with information they need for their journey and to provide caring support. Please help us spread the word to those newly diagnosed in your community and their caregivers, families, friends and co-workers that the Canadian Cancer Society is here to help.

Your donations to and participation in Relay For Life helps to provide the following Canadian Cancer Society programs and services. Our Patient Care Kit is usually the first connection we have with newly diagnosed patients. These kits are provided to patients via various hospitals, clinics, surgical wards and the cancer centre. The kit contains practical items and information to help patients cope with their diagnosis. They can also be sent directly to you – order online at cancer.ca or call us toll-free at 1-888-939-3333. Society brochures are now available at The Associate Clinic. Just ask!

Some other programs for anyone newly diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers include our Financial Assistance Program (for those needing to travel for treatment) and CancerConnection (a telephone peer support program). We also have an online support community at CancerConnection.ca, where you can join discussions or start your own.

Our website (cancer.ca) is an excellent source of cancer information, and also includes a Community Services locator. Our local office has extensive print materials about all types of cancer and how to cope at any stage. Stop by the Lethbridge office of the Canadian Cancer Society at 317 – 10th Street South, or order the materials online at cancer.ca.

We’re able to provide women with access to temporary breast prostheses free of charge, refer people to a cancer support groups, share details about upcoming Look Good Feel Better workshops, and help women who have lost hair due to treatment obtain a wig free of charge.

Knowledge can be powerful so please share this information.

For more about the Canadian Cancer Society’s programs and services, please call Valerie Fraser, Community Developer – Southern Alberta at 403-581-1039 or email: valerie.fraser@cancer.ab.ca. You can also learn more by visiting cancer.ca or calling our Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 and asking to speak with a cancer information specialist.

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