Cancer Awareness Network for Children, Inc. program was born out of the pain and frustration of our mother’s untimely demise to cancer. As such, my sisters and I decided to use our frustration and pain to help others. In 1997 we co-founded Cancer Awareness Network for Children Inc., a non-profit 501© 3 organization. We chose this name because we are our mother’s children trying to make a difference. However, we service people of all ages with all types of cancer. For the past 20 years we host annually quarterly free workshop luncheons at local churches and community centers throughout the Birmingham Metropolitan Area.
The main goal of Cancer Awareness Network for Children are to eliminate the fears associated with the diagnosis of cancer for people of all ages. The organization works closely with oncology doctors who serve as presenters at each workshop. This partnership enables us to stay abreast of the updates and clinical breakthroughs in research in the area of oncology.
Since the inception of our organization, over 300 lives have been touched and empowered,each year, designed for patients and caregivers living with cancer. Cancer Awareness Network for Children is a program designed to inform, motivate, and enlighten people of all ages.
The volunteers and staff work hard to ensure that after participants attend the Cancer Awareness Network for Children, Inc. workshop, they will be able to:
1.Challenge and eliminate misconceptions and fears associated with cancer in their immediate communities and beyond 2.Communicate with their peers and loved ones on the importance of cancer related information including self- exams, statistics, clinical trials, and breakthroughs 3.Engage with medical professionals in relation to physical exams when attending regular check-ups or follow-up medical visits 4.Evaluate and locate information about cancer and preventative measures and associated treatments in the future 5.Recognize and incorporate healthy life style principles and practices to incorporate in their lives 6.Receive financial assistance and house cleaning for patients in treatment upon request
The theme of the Cancer Awareness Network for Children of all ages program is “Cutting Away the Fears”. The logo is symbolized by a pair of “open scissors” representing a cutting away motion. We are continually and actively involved supporting and enabling patients upon their request on a regular basis. In addition to educating, enabling and empowering caretakers and honoring survivors, we assist participants with transportation needs, house cleaning during treatment, direct them to appropriate agencies for financial support and healthcare, and guide them in networking with similar organizations for themselves and family members.
"Cutting Away the Fears"
In addition, we are seeking to eliminate some of the fears associated with the disease and present preventive measures, so that quality decisions can be made concerning health and positive life styles. Some participants may need transportation to treatments, others may need an outlet to vent frustrations dealing with cancer. Through our resources we have been able to ease some of the pressures offering assistance and guidance for participants.
We encourage participants to get regular screenings and offer information that enable them to make healthy life choices with their diet and exercise. Upon request we find resources available for transportation to treatments and counseling. We offer moral and spiritual support with a hands-on effect. (We hold their hands and walk them through the rough spots).
With our quarterly workshops we strongly encourage exploring methods of identifying and utilizing resources available in their area that we offer to them. We aim to make readily available supportive services in the community and methods of utilization.
We Celebrate Life!!!