CURE Media Group and Cancer Hope Network Align to Connect Cancer Patients with Survivors in Advocacy Spotlight Partnership Program

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Patient-focused media group and advocacy network help those undergoing cancer treatments.

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“Through CURE® magazine and our other communications, we will bring attention to Cancer Hope Network’s important efforts to address cancer patients’ concerns and questions,” said Mike Hennessy Jr., president, Oncology and Healthcare Specialty Group, MJH.

CURE Media Group, the nation’s leading digital and print media enterprise focused on cancer patients, today welcomes Cancer Hope Network, a patient advocacy group that links patients with survivors, to the CURE Advocacy Spotlight Partnership program. They have agreed to work together to publicize the Network’s efforts to provide free and confidential one-on-one emotional support to cancer patients, their caregivers and family members.

“Cancer Hope Network matches cancer patients or family members with trained volunteer cancer survivors who have themselves undergone and recovered from similar cancer experiences,” said Mike Hennessy Jr., president of Intellisphere Oncology and Healthcare Specialty Group, part of the Plainsboro, N.J.-based Michael J. Hennessy Associates, Inc. (MJH) family of businesses. “Through CURE® magazine, the largest consumer publication in the U.S. focused entirely on cancer, and our other communications services, we will bring attention to Cancer Hope Network’s important efforts to address cancer patients’ concerns and questions.”

“Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be one of life’s most terrifying experiences,” said Wanda Diak, CHN’s executive director and a cancer survivor herself. “We match patients and their caregivers with a volunteer whose experience mirrors their own – including stage of cancer, treatment protocols or participation in a clinical trial. Our Support Volunteers have been cancer free or on maintenance treatments for at least one year, so it’s an opportunity to speak to someone who has been through the same fight and won.”

The Chester, N.J.-based Cancer Hope Network provides customized support to patients and caregivers throughout the nation. The connection begins when a patient calls the Network’s toll-free number (800-552-4366) or visits http://www.cancerhopenetwork.org and shares basic information, including type of cancer, stage, treatment and side effects as well as psychosocial information. The patient's specific immediate needs are identified, and they are matched with a Support Volunteer.

“Every cancer patient should know they are a phone call away from free one-on-one support. Cancer Hope Network is delighted to partner with CURE Media Group to share information and a message of hope with patients across the nation,” Diak said.

About CURE Media Group
CURE Media Group’s flagship product, CURE magazine, is the indispensable guide to every stage of the cancer experience. With nearly 1 million readers, CURE is the largest consumer publication in the United States focused entirely on cancer, with broad distribution to cancer patients, cancer centers and advocacy groups. Through the magazine, live meetings, a resource guide for the newly diagnosed, the Extraordinary Healer™ national nursing award, and other books and online tools, CURE Media Group combines science and humanity to make cancer understandable. CURE Media Group is part of the Plainsboro, N.J.-based Michael J. Hennessy Associates, Inc. (MJH) family of businesses, which includes the acclaimed OncLive® (http://www.onclive.com) platform of resources for the practicing oncologist. For more information, visit http://www.curetoday.com or http://www.mjhassoc.com.

About Cancer Hope Network
Cancer Hope Network is a non-profit that provides free one-on-one emotional support to adult cancer patients and their caregivers. Each of CHN’s 400+ volunteers is at least one year post-treatment or successfully undergoing maintenance therapies. Cancer Hope Network serves cancer patients in the United States and Canada.

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Media Contacts
For Cancer Hope Network: Sarah Cassidy, 908-879-4039, ext. 20, scassidy(at)cancerhopenetwork(dot)org
For CURE Media Group: Becky Taylor, 609-240-6886, becky(at)btaylorpa(dot)com

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