Complementary Cancer Care

Complementary Cancer Care

Complementary Cancer Care began with one idea in mind:

GIVE ANYONE DEALING WITH CANCER THE TOOLS TO HEAL MIND, BODY, HEART, AND SOUL

 

In this context, HEAL does not necessarily mean CURE, but instead refers to a state where someone experiences less suffering and feels more  whole, no matter their diagnosis or prognosis.

Our programs complement medical treatment and fill the gaps between patient and person:

~  Weekly movement classes address body changes

~  Monthly support groups and creative expression classes address changes in relationships

~  Seasonal educational talks and our library of resources empower through information and new ideas on the road to healing

 

 

June is National Cancer Survivors Month!

That means it’s time to get ready for our Annual “Write Your Cancer Story” Essay Showcase and the Art & Wine Dinner Celebration to honor our cancer survivors.

Essay Contest – Submit one original, not previously published, 1,000 word or less essay inspired by your personal experience with cancer.  Essays may be written from the point of view of the patient or caregiver.  All essays will be published on our website in the month of June.

Deadline to submit is June 1stLearn more…

Finalists will be announced in June and the community will be invited to vote for their favorite to choose winners.

Art & Wine Dinner Celebration – Finalists will be invited to read their essay at the Art & Wine Dinner Celebration to celebrate cancer survivors on June 24th and the essays will published in Brevard County local newspaper, Hometown News.

Come meet the Complementary Cancer Care Team!  We invite all survivors, caregivers, family, and friends to our celebration that includes a lasagna dinner, wine, music and dancing a the “after party”!  Learn more…

Sponsors – If you are a business, an organization, or an individual who would like to sponsor and be represented at this event, please contact Christina Tecson at 321-266-0564 or info@compcancercare.org

Essays Published on the Website – After the celebration, all essays will be highlighted on our website.  You can view the 2021 Essays here.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!


Click on the logos to visit our Sponsors’ websites

 

Board of Directors
Christina Tecson, President

Christina, a therapist holding a Master’s Degree in social work, has volunteered with Complementary Cancer Care since 2019. Her experience as a breast cancer survivor and also previous volunteer at several cancer organizations aid her to facilitate support groups and develop a variety of social support and creative expression programs for Complementary Cancer Care. She was selected as a “Hero of Hope” motivational speaker for American Cancer Society and an advocate for Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s national advocacy program for women diagnosed with breast cancer before age 45. Her career prior to social work encompassed 20 years in marketing and public relations, including several years working in the nonprofit sector.

Amy Fentress, Vice President

Amy holds a master’s degree in Clinical Nurse Education, is an Oncology Certified Nurse as well as a 200-hour certified yoga teacher. She has been a nurse for 30 years and became passionate about oncology nursing 16 years ago. She has worked at Florida Cancer Specialist, The University of Kansas Cancer Center, Cancer Center of Kansas, and Space Coast Cancer Center. Amy is a member of American Holistic Nurses Association and Oncology Nurses Society. She also is a member of Lighthouse Christian Church. Amy began offering free yoga classes for cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors in 2017; the positive impact of these classes led to building the Complementary Cancer Care nonprofit.

Lorien Neargarder, Secretary

Lorien holds a degree in mechanical engineering and is a certified yoga therapist who specializes in working with chronic pain and cancer. She developed a thriving program in California that partnered yoga studios with the nonprofit organization Cancer CAREpoint. In support of this organization, she ran three annual fundraisers that donated $35,000 to fund non-medical complementary services to anyone dealing with cancer in the Silicon Valley.

Dylan Barton, Treasurer

Dylan holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern Florida State College, and is the owner of HB Bookkeeping Service. His firm specializes in working with individuals and small businesses across his home in Brevard County, Florida. HB Bookkeeping Service was originally started in 1975 by his grandfather, Hugh Barton, who was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2007 and passed away in 2018. While completing his degree, Dylan worked alongside his Grandfather to learn from his many years of experience. Being on the board of Complementary Cancer Care gives Dylan the opportunity to combine his skills in accounting, along with supporting an organization that provides resources to other families and patients affected by cancer.

Advisory Board Members

Kendall Anderson — cancer survivor, former facilitator of Here for the Girls breast cancer support group for young adults

Nancy Bindig — Complementary Cancer Care art instructor, owner of Nancy Bindig Art

Anna-Marie Betts — cancer survivor, founder of BRCA Foundation of Florida

Gail Dunbar, LCSW – social worker

Renee Gates — oncology liaison at Cancer Care Centers of Brevard

Gwen Hertlein-Haber — former executive director of Cancer Care Centers of Brevard Foundation

Robin Krasny, LMT, BS, Psychology – massage therapist, yoga instructor, Reiki practitioner, life coach

Patty Molitoris — cancer survivor, former leader/facilitator of Central Brevard Breast Cancer support group

Mary P Parker — Complementary Cancer Care website designer, owner of Computer Management Corporation

Karen Pesta — cancer survivor, former leader/facilitator of Central Brevard Breast Cancer support group

Jani Stone — cancer survivor super star

 



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