$100 helps Hope Connections for Cancer Support provide one monthly support group meeting, run by a licensed therapist, to one individual with an uncommon form of cancer, helping them deal with the emotional impact of cancer.
Hope Connections for Cancer Support
Hope Connections for Cancer Support incorporated in 2005 and opened its doors on March 13, 2007. An independent, community-based, nonprofit organization, Hope Connections' mission is to help people with cancer and their loved ones deal with the emotional and physical impact of cancer through professionally facilitated programs of emotional support, education, wellness and hope, all provided free of charge to participants.
In DC, Maryland and Virginia, the American Cancer Society estimates that there are 605,810 cancer survivors (this is defined as anyone who has or has had cancer, from diagnosis to end of life). The impact of a cancer diagnosis is psychologically, socially, and financially devastating not only for the person with cancer but for their family and friends. Depression and other debilitating emotional effects of cancer can prevent individuals from working, contributing to their community and keeping their families together. For some cancer types, depression rates can run as high as 50% or more. This is not limited to people with cancer - it extends to their loved ones as well, especially their caregivers, 63% of whom report their own health suffering a result of the stress of caregiving.
Hope Connections' programs are here for the part that the medicine does not treat, helping people who live with cancer regain control, reduce stress, and improve their quality of life. Since opening in March 2007, we have provided our programs - free of charge - to thousands affected by cancer in our community, regardless of their cancer diagnosis, stage of disease, age, economic status, race, religion, sex or where they receive their medical care. In 2015 we had over 9,400 visits for people to attend programs, and we anticipate even more by the close of 2016.
Hope Connections helps people affected by cancer overcome feelings of isolation, loss of control, and loss of hope that often accompany a cancer diagnosis. Our support group programs alone currently provide an estimated 5,265 service hours with professional therapists. This would cost approximately $710,775 if the individuals had to visit private therapists. By September 2016 we had already reached 2300 active participants, exceeding our target numbers for the year.