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November 27th, 2014

ACS to Discontinue Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support Group

 

Editor:

 

Two years ago, the American Cancer Society began carefully analyzing all its programs, services and fundraising initiatives in an effort to maximize the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness in fighting cancer. As part of this effort, the Society’s Board of Directors made the very difficult but strategic decision to phase out several programs during 2013. One such program is Man to Man, a support group aimed at men with prostate cancer. These programs have been a wonderful service that improved the lives of those we served. We are extremely grateful to the passionate volunteers who have supported the Society by helping us deliver Man to Man in Central Vermont.

 

In 1997, Fred Cook, now a 17-year prostate cancer survivor, founded the Central Vermont Man to Man chapter following his cancer treatment to bring men together with the purpose of sharing their experiences and offering hope and healing. As a dedicated volunteer with the American Cancer Society, Fred tirelessly gave his time and energy to support and guide hundreds of newly diagnosed cancer patients.

 

The American Cancer Society thanks Fred for his dedication to helping prostate cancer patients in Central Vermont and his advocacy on their behalf. He has made a difference in the lives of many people in his community and the Society is honored to have him as a volunteer.

 

The American Cancer Society and its community partners will continue to provide support and information to men diagnosed with prostate cancer in a variety of new ways. The Society provides online tools at cancer.org to help newly diagnosed patients navigate treatment. Patients and families can call the Society’s National Cancer Information Center anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 for day-to-day help, emotional support, information and resources.

 

Prostate cancer patients may also contact Theresa Lever at CVMC at 802-225-5449 for information about local support activities. Kindred Connections, a peer support group for all those touched by cancer, also has a local chapter in Central Vermont at 1-800-652-5064.

 

Leigh Sampson

American Cancer Society

Williston

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