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

 

 

Raffle for AVON Gift Tote! << $100 value!

A kind cancer caregiver client who is an AVON rep donated this gift tote to us and you can receive a raffle ticket(s) to win it with any donation to Complementary Cancer Care between now and November 11th!

The AVON Gift tote has a value of $100 and includes: Skin-So-Soft (SSS) Bug Guard cooler tote bag, SSS Picaridin Insect Repellent Towelettes, SSS Bug Guard Plus Moist Lotion, SSS Replenishing Hand Cream, SSS Beauty Soap Bar, SSS Comforting Shea Hand Cream, SSS Soft and Sensual Shower Gel, Avon Care Silicone Glove Hand Cream, Veilment Moist Bar Soap, Avon Senses Blushing Charm Shower Gel, Shower Tool Set, and Moisture Therapy Lip Balm.



 

“Blessing Bags” Donations Needed!

For a third straight year, Complementary Cancer Care will be organizing a distribution of “Blessings Bags” Gifts of Hope, Comfort, and Joy for chemotherapy patients in Brevard County.  Our goal is to give 300 holiday gift bags to cancer patients at Cancer Care Centers of Brevard and Health First locations who are undergoing treatment in the month of December.

Items for the bags will be collected up until October 30, 2022, as they will then be organized and assembled on November 11th at our annual “Thanks & Giving” Client & Volunteer Appreciation Lunch.

It would be especially helpful if people donate cash so we can purchase some of the unique items to fill our “Blessings Bags.”

If you are with a business or have contacts that would like to donate items, please download and share the flyer or contact us (info@compcancercare.org).

We are requesting community supporters to:

Donate money for us to purchase items or mail a check to: 3424 Indian River Dr, Cocoa, FL 32926. Write “Blessings Bags” in the notes.



Donate a token gift for the bags by Sunday, Oct 30th (preferably 300 of the same item).  Based on what we have gathered in the past, potential token gifts we are seeking include: inspirational sticker for infusion bag, inspirational item(s), creative expression item(s), puzzle book, fuzzy socks, water bottle, snacks, hand sanitizer, body lotion, sunscreen, lip balm, mini-tissue pack, other thoughtful items, other health-related items. We’re open to your ideas!

Volunteer to assemble bags on Friday, Nov 11th, at Keep It Local Brevard, 902 Florida Ave, Cocoa Village at our Thanks & Giving Luncheon.  Click here to register.

 

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 and a Certified Holistic Cancer Coach. 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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