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September 2013 CBA REPORT
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community service
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his is the first in what the com-
munity service committee hopes
to be a series of articles highlight-
ing CBA members’ community service
efforts and spotlighting the organizations
that these members serve.
To get things moving on this new
spotlight, it looks like I will have to serve
as the test case for this little experiment.
I have chosen to feature the Cancer Sup-
port Community of Greater Cincinnati
and Northern Kentucky (“CSC”).
I have had the pleasure of serving on
the board of CSC for a number of years
and was recently appointed board chair.
Led by its Executive Director Rick Bryan,
the CSC has a staff of 10 employees and
is headquartered in Blue Ash. Rick, his
staff, and the many volunteers help CSC
fulfill its mission of making sure that no
one has to face cancer alone.
CSC arrived in Cincinnati in 1990 as
the Wellness Community. In 2009, The
Wellness Community-National joined
forces with a very similar organization,
Gilda’s Club Worldwide, and in 2011 it
changed its name to the Cancer Support
Community, creating a global network
of more than 50 affiliates offering the
highest quality of emotional and social
support through free, professionally-led
programs at more than 150 locations.
Research has shown that participa-
tion in ongoing professionally facilitated
support groups provides many benefits,
including decreased emotional distress,
less pain, quicker return to work, and
better quality of life. Locally, CSC offers
approximately 220 programs each month
in a comfortable, home-like environ-
ment at CSC’s Lynn Stern Center in Blue
Ash and a Northern Kentucky facility
in Ft. Wright. Additional programs are
also offered at off-site outreach loca-
tions throughout Greater Cincinnati
and Northern Kentucky. All programs–
including professionally-led support
groups, educational workshops, and
healthy lifestyle classes—are designed to
complement conventional medical care
and are available at no charge.
In addition to weekly support groups,
CSC also offers another opportunity
to connect with others and learn from
shared experiences — networking
groups. These groups bring together
Individuals coping with particular types
of cancers, or facing particular cancer-
related issues, generally on a monthly
basis. Networking groups are drop-in (no
registration required) and are open to
both people diagnosed with cancer and
their loved ones.
Several times each month, CSC also
offers free educational workshops that
provide people with cancer and their
loved ones with tools to manage their
treatment and recovery as effectively as
possible. Many top oncologists, radiolo-
gists and other medical specialists give
presentations at CSC. These programs
provide an opportunity to ask questions
and gain in-depth knowledge about spe-
cific cancer-related issues.
In addition to presentations on medi-
cal topics, the range of CSC’s educational
programs also includes healthy cooking
and nutrition classes, programs on topics
such as insurance, financial planning and
career issues, sessions on spirituality and
emotional well-being.
CSC is 100 percent privately funded
through donations from individuals,
companies and foundations, CSC and
community fundraising events and the
profits of Legacies, the upscale home fur-
nishings and accessories resale shop in
Hyde Park Plaza. There is never a fee to
participate in any program or service and
CSC receives no funding from tax dollars
or the United Way.
The volunteers who help at Cancer
Support Community come from all
walks of community and professional
life. While all of CSC’s support groups,
classes and programs are led by licensed
social workers or other trained pro-
fessionals, a large group of dedicated
volunteers work behind the scenes to
help with administrative tasks, facili-
ties maintenance projects, community
outreach, and fundraising events.
There are many ways to get involved,
whether on a one-time, weekly, monthly
or project basis. CSC welcomes help from
individuals as well as community or
corporate groups. CSC can be contacted
at (513) 791-4060 or info@cancer-
support.org. For more information, you
can also go to the CSC website at www.
cancersupportcincinnati.org.
Moore is a member in Frost Brown Todd’s Cincinnati
office in the firm’s labor and employment practice
group. He is the chair of the Community Service
Committee and a former CBA trustee.
Community Service Spotlight:
Cancer Support Community
of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
By Richard Moore
If you are a CBA member who is involved in a community service organization that you would like to see featured
in the CBA Report, please contact LaDonna Wallace Smith at (513) 699-1392 or
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