Newton, MA (PRWEB) December 15, 2011
Facing Cancer Together and Thrive Together today announced that they have merged to better serve those affected by cancer in the Greater Boston area. The consolidated organization will operate as Facing Cancer Together under the Facing Cancer Together 501c2 nonprofit status.
“I am pleased that Facing Cancer Together, with this merger, can serve even more people in the Greater Boston area,” said Candy Hallett, Board President of Facing Cancer Together. “Social support for people facing the trauma of cancer is critical and this merger positions Facing Cancer Together to more efficiently provide services to our clients so they can live the best quality of life possible while navigating the cancer experience.”
Facing Cancer Together offers a range of support services including support groups, expressive arts programming, and mind-body wellness classes that help people with cancer and their family members manage the psychological, social and behavioral aspects of cancer that can affect their health care and outcomes. A 2008 report from the Institute of Medicine recommends the use of support groups during and after cancer treatment; additionally, research has shown the value of psychosocial support both during and after cancer treatment in reducing trauma, depression and anxiety and has suggested that support groups may even improve immune response and survival time after cancer. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are nearly 12 million people in the United States who have faced a cancer diagnosis.
“We feel that this merger is the best way to serve our constituents,” said Jennifer Rosenberg, Board President of Thrive Together. “Given the challenging economic times, the similarities of our missions, and our long history of collaboration with the clinicians of Facing Cancer Together, our board unanimously approved this merger.”
Facing Cancer together was founded in 2009 by a group of clinicians dedicated to providing support, education and wellness services to people with cancer. Thrive Together was founded in 2003 to serve pre-menopausal women with breast cancer. Programs have included support groups for cancer survivors, peer-to-peer mentoring, and information services.
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