Cancer Support: It’s Teamwork

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The CST

Each week in Westchester County, more than 100 people receive a diagnosis of cancer. Suddenly they have many needs and more questions than their doctors can answer:  how to get to chemotherapy, options in pain control, nutritional choices, childcare issues, financial considerations.

However, in increasing numbers, individuals and their family members living in lower Westchester County are finding expert, compassionate help from Cancer Support Team (CST), based in Mamaroneck. CST is the only cancer-focused, nonprofit home care organization in the area with services that are always free of charge, regardless of insurance coverage.

CST’s professional staff of nurses and social workers, as well as an extensive network of volunteers, provides medical and support services at any stage of the disease. In 2010, CST provided 1,315 in-person visits, primarily at patients’ homes. Its volunteer drivers gave 372 rides to treatment appointments. The Team directed $29,730 through 194 grants to financially needy patients to help pay for items and services not covered by insurance, such as medications, medical equipment and transportation to medical appointments.

This nonprofit home care program, 33 years old, is licensed by the New York State Department of Health. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals and families in lower Westchester who are affected by cancer through professional nursing, social work and other supportive services.

In order to acquaint the growing circle of cancer patients with their services and help them with cancer-related concerns, CST has just launched a new informational campaign capped with a restyled logo, designed by Hilary Cantilina and Gina Bruce, a freelance advertising team. The pair sought to evoke “a feeling of gentle caring combined with professionalism.” Grants from State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer and Assemblyman George Latimer, along with gifts from generous individual donors, funded the new marketing materials project.

For more information visit Cancer Support Team on the Web at www.cancersupportteam.org or call 914-777-2777. Submitted by the Cancer Support Team

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