To ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge,
strengthened by action, and sustained by community.
If you, or a loved one, are living with cancer, you are not alone. Three out of four families are affected by cancer. It's a difficult time. Dealing with treatment and its side effects can be a struggle for both patients and families. Juggling family, professional and financial responsibilities can be overwhelming. Coping with the emotional burden can be exhausting.
Too often the practical and medical issues push the psychological issues aside. Patients often keep their deepest fears and worries to themselves, reluctant to share thoughts of hopelessness with family members who are supporting and caring for them. Caregivers and loved ones will keep some of their most private emotions to themselves as well, protecting the patient from feelings of anxiety, despair, and even anger.
The Cancer Support Community Greater Miami is here to help.
And it's FREE.
Cancer Support Community Greater Miami is a place where both patients and family members will find support, education and hope. Support groups address emotional issues for patients and families. Educational workshops get important questions answered in a non-clinical setting. Stress management programs enhance health and well being. Every program is offered free of charge. All are led by professionals licensed in their fields of expertise.
The comfortable, homelike environment at Cancer Support Community Greater Miami makes sharing and mutual support easy.
We do not offer medical treatments, alternative treatments, or hospice care. Our services are offered as a complement to conventional treatment, although anyone undergoing any kind of cancer care is welcome. People come at diagnosis, during or at the end of treatment, at recurrence or several years out of treatment. They all come to learn they are not alone in their fight--whether for physical, emotional or spiritual recovery. Together, they regain a sense of control over their lives and ultimately discover that hope is a valuable tool irrespective of the stage of disease.
OUR CORE PHILOSOPHY
"Cancer patients who participate in their fight for recovery,
along with their healthcare team, will improve the quality
of their lives and may enhance the possibility of their recovery."
– Harold Benjamin, Ph. D.
Founder, The Wellness Community
(now known as Cancer Support Community)
The first Wellness Community opened its doors in Santa Monica California in 1982; the first Gilda’s Club, in New York City in 1995. Our Miami affiliate opened in April 2002 and since that time, we have provided a wide array of psycho-social support and educational services to more than 25,000 Miami-Dade cancer patients, their families and their loved ones.
In July 2009, The Wellness Community - National and Gilda’s Club joined forces to become the largest provider of cancer support worldwide. The combined organization, comprised of over 50 national affiliates and over 100 satellite locations is now called the Cancer Support Community. There are also six international sites, including Communities in Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Additionally, our Internet based “Virtual Wellness Community” was established to reach rural areas in the U.S. and other countries. In 2003 an on-line support program was launched for teens with cancer and their parents, called “Group Loop”.
In March of 2010 we in Miami officially changed our name from The Wellness Community-Greater Miami to Cancer Support Community Greater Miami. We believe that this new name better represents that which we do.
For each local affiliate, the primary focus of our national affiliation is to provide strong clinical oversight and quality control over local programs. Our overall structure is unusual in that each local affiliate is a separate 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, responsible for raising its own annual operating funds and overseen by its own local Board of Directors. In other words, all money raised in Miami stays in Miami and goes directly to the Cancer Support Community Greater Miami.
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