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The ECHO Cancer Foundation Volunteer Celebration
The Annual ECHO Cancer Foundation Volunteer Celebration was held on Friday,
June 4th, at the Cottage at the Spa at Norwich Inn.This year, 36 ECHO Beacon of
Hope and One to One Cancer Mentors joined Terri Slater, President of the Board;
Laura Stevenson-Flom, Foundation Executive Director; members of the Foundation’s
Board of Directors and Anne Slam,The ECHO Oncology Practice Administrator to
honor and celebrate the 2000+ volunteer hours this group has donated to the
Foundation programs this year.
The Beacon of Hope Program offers patients and family members comfort care during
the sometimes long and tedious office visits for chemotherapy and blood products.
A cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, goodies, a warm blanket and pillow are just a few
ways this dedicated group of women and men help make a patients day a bit better..
The One to One Cancer Mentor Program closely matches new cancer
patients with survivors of similar age, family dynamics and diagnosis.
A One to One Mentor can offer an active cancer patient non-medical
advice, insight and hope that there is life after a cancer diagnosis. Both
the Beacon of Hope and One to One Cancer Mentor Programs are
available to patients free of charge.
If you would like a Mentor, please contact Laura in the Foundation Office at
860-884-0102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are extremely grateful to all of our ECHO Cancer Foundation Volunteers.
Please join us in thanking them when you see them around the Practice.
As I contemplated what I
wanted to say in this edition
of the Foundation’s
Newsletter, I couldn’t help
but draw upon what I was
After a freak accident in
August, I found myself in a
cast with a broken foot.
And to make matters worse, it was a nonweight
bearing cast on my driver’s foot!
Needless to say, my normal, daily activities
have had to be significantly curtailed, if not
suspended all together. I have been forced to
rely on the goodness of family and friends
for transportation, groceries and otherwise
commonplace tasks I have never thought
twice about doing myself. I couldn’t even get
myself a cup of coffee!.
The reality of being incapacitated made me
think about how our cancer patients must
feel.They too did not choose to be sick and
incapacitated. There may be heartache and
guilt that may accompany having to rely on
others for things they have always done for
themselves. The reality of giving up all or
some independence is a tough pill to
swallow for many.And it certainly can prove
to be difficult on family and caretakers too.
The article to the right of this piece introduces 10 ways to help prevent Caregiver Burnout. I hope that you and your family will be able to find one or two take-away points that might be helpful for your own personal
So, as you or your family member travels this journey called Cancer, please remember that the Foundation is available to help patients and their caregivers with rides, resources, supportive services and guidance. Our wonderful Beacon of Hope Volunteers
are here daily in the hallway and Infusion Room to help provide comfort, coffee and companionship.
Please stop by or call the Foundation Office
for more information or for assistance.
Laura Stevenson-Flom, LMT
Executive Director,The ECHO Cancer Foundation
More Thank Yous!
A group of students from The Integrated
Day Charter School, in Norwich recently
presented The Foundation with a wonderful
surprise, a check for $172.71!
Ben, Joel, Megan, Owen, Danny, Kara, Gauresh,
Tyler,Vicky,Tegan, assisted by their Advisors, did
a service learning project. They decided on a
bake sale and raised money by selling cookies,
brownies, muddy buddies and cup cones.They
reported that,“It was a success! Everyone liked
Their donation will be used to provide supportive
services, guidance and education to cancer
patients and their caregivers and to make sure
no one lacks care or comfort while living with
We commend these very special students and
we appreciate the time, effort and thought they
put into such a meaningful community service
Lymphedema Support Group
for Breast Cancer Patients
Next Meeting: December 7th
(Meets quarterly– 1st Tuesday of that month)
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Backus Outpatient Care Center
Conference Room 1
Please come for an informational session and
to share stories and experiences with others
in similar situations.
This program is FREE, but registration is
requested by calling (860) 823-6317.
Refreshments will be provided.
The 2011 meetings currently scheduled for:
March 1, June 7, September 6 & December 6
Sponsored by The ECHO Cancer Foundation
and Backus Rehabilitation Services
Thank you... Abby... Amy...Justin... Shannon.
Abby, Amy, Justin, and Shannon brought
their own sparkling personalities and individual
areas of expertise to their summer
internships with the ECHO Cancer
Foundation. Their responsibilities ranged
from keeping the ever-busy coffeepots full
to visiting with patients.They also worked
in the Foundation Office, helping to reorganize
patient information and educational
items to make it easier to access, doing
mailings and even computer work.We even
have an active Mission Fish account, the
non-profit portion of eBay, loaded with
several donated items that will benefit the
Foundation when sold!
For those of you who had the good fortune
to meet these young people, I know
you will agree, we had a great group this
summer and we hope to see their special
smiles again during school breaks.
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