When Cancer Care Services is contacted by someone not affiliated with one of the participating clinics, the organization arranges for the patient to speak with a social worker and schedule a meeting time. The social worker will either come to the home, or is able to meet in a more public setting.
“The social worker comes out and visits, assesses the situation and sees what needs to be fulfilled,” Martin said.
While the patient is one of the top priorities, Cancer Care also focuses its attention on the families and loved ones, offering free counseling and programs for children. One of the more popular events for kids is Camp CARE, a free day camp that provides children ages 3-17 with a variety of activities, including art and music therapy.
“What I went through involves the caregiver as much as it does the patient,” Fowler said. “[My husband] was just wonderful. He was there for me every minute and whatever I needed, he handled everything.”
In addition to therapy and activities for families, Cancer Care also provides various massage therapies and reflexology, as well as transportation to various support groups.
Fowler was diagnosed with colon and liver cancer, with her doctor telling her the chances were slim to none.
“I’m very blessed and I know that God had a lot to do with it,” she said. “I’m very high on Cancer Care Services or any organization involved with helping cancer patients.”
It’s the goal of Cancer Care Services, now in its 67th year as a non-profit operation, to be a partner with other cancer organizations as well.
“We don’t consider ourselves as a competitor against any of the other organizations, we’re really just a partner,” Martin said. “When we go over budgets and services, we look at what other organizations are offering and try to provide something new because we don’t want to duplicate those services.”
To donate, or to find out more about Cancer Care, go to www.cancercareservices.org.