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Cancer Support Community: San Francisco Bay Area

As the largest professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the Cancer Support Community (CSC) is dedicated to ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. This global network of 175 locations, has delivered more than $50 million in free support services to patients and families. In addition, CSC administers a toll-free helpline and produces award-winning educational resources that reach more than one million people each year. Formed in 2009 by the merger of The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club, CSC also conducts cutting-edge research on the emotional, psychological, and financial journey of cancer patients.The San Francisco Bay Area chapter which we directly support are able to provide services for one member for a whole year at the cost of just $600/person. With that, we are proud to say that thanks to your donations, the CMG Foundation has underwritten a years’ worth of care for over 700 cancer survivors and their caregivers. Please read below to learn about some of those patients and the impact that the CSC can make in the lives of those facing one of life’s greatest battles.


CHANDRA— BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR

When I was diagnosed, I had it all: great family, good friends, a successful business in Walnut Creek, on the chamber board of directors. And when I first went into treatment, I thought I could handle it, no problem. After all, I’m strong, I’ve always been healthy, I’m in a healing profession myself. But then I got to this place of despair. I felt overwhelmed, like I was losing control to cancer. I began to feel like I was a sick person, instead of a healthy person who happened to have this disease that was being treated. And my wonderful friends and family, they just couldn’t understand. What a blessing it was for me to find Cancer Support Community. The women in my support group became my sisters, my other family. I could share with them the deepest, darkest parts of my cancer experience, and they would understand. They gave me strength, and love and hope. And I learned how to take care of myself in new ways. Better diet, better exercise, better peace of mind. It’s been several months now since I finished treatment. Cancer was a nightmare, but in some ways I’ve emerged from it even stronger. Cancer Support Community opened the doors to make that possible, and I am so very grateful.

I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents.

Which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite. When I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms.


I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents.

Which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite. When I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms.

Their care and generosity have made an extraordinary difference in our community. We are so grateful to Chris George, Kim Callas and the CMG family.

— James Bouquin, CSC's Executive Director