We have entered a new year in the midst of a pandemic. Crazy isn’t it? COVID-related issues have wreaked havoc on every aspect of our lives! Imagine being a cancer patient during this pandemic. I hear comments every day from patients who are afraid to leave their homes, who feel so isolated that they are overwhelmed with depression, and even those who fear going to the cancer center or the hospital for treatment.
We, as an organization, have had to make considerable changes in how we operate and provide support to local cancer patients. We no longer meet face to face with our patients and their families—everything is done over the phone and through email. We continue our support groups, but we now meet via Zoom. We have had to postpone our monthly classes indefinitely. Our annual fundraisers had to be cancelled. And yet, in spite of these changes, the number of children and adults who come to us for help continues to increase.
We are beginning a brand new year, with new challenges and possibilities. However, our mission remains the same—to ensure that no one goes through cancer alone. We have plans for expansion of our Kids Konnection Program, which will support even more children who are diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 0 and 19 years. Our planned partnerships with additional local cancer centers will offer more on-site locations to make our unique programs more easily accessible. We continue to create even more programs that patients need.
We cannot do any of this without the continued generosity of our donors, board members, volunteers, and local community. We are so very grateful for all of those who continue to support our mission. As we begin our 12th year, our goal is to continue offering our free programs to cancer patients and their families.
The hope is that you will never know first hand what our organization offers!
May this new year bring you blessings of peace and health!
Jean Schoen is the founder and president of Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio, Inc. (419-725-1100).