It is the mission of Wellness Place to provide education, support and understanding at no charge to those affected by cancer.
Wellness Place is a charitable 501(c)3 organization. All programs and services are 100% gift funded and able to be offered at no charge through generous donations, grants, and fundraising event proceeds.
It is our vision to be a recognized regional leader in cancer education and support, providing comprehensive services that are individualized, complimentary to medical treatment and offered at no charge to each participant.
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Wellness Place was founded over a decade ago by two Barrington area women as they recovered from breast cancer treatment. Linda Murphy and Myrna Porter envisioned a community-based, non-medical support center in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago where people living with cancer could gather for counseling, education, encouragement and empowerment – at no fee
Since then Wellness Place has become a key community asset serving those diagnosed with cancer, as well as their family and caregivers. Professionals with oncology training provide counseling and support to help manage emotional and physical responses to cancer, sort through treatment options and side effects, formulate questions for doctors, and better communicate matters to family members, healthcare professionals and employers.
All programs and services are 100% gift funded and able to be offered without charge through donations and grants from individuals, foundations and businesses in the community. An annual giving campaign, major fund-raising events, community grants, and donations of services and goods also support the center and further the mission of Wellness Place. Cancer survivors, healthcare professionals, counseling and oncology information specialists, volunteers, and staff—work together—providing vital support to the cancer community.
The Importance of Psychosocial Support with a Cancer Diagnosis :
In 2007 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released Cancer Care for the Whole Patient, a report sponsored by the National Institute of Health (NIH) emphasizing the importance of treating psychosocial (emotional and social) needs of those experiencing cancer. The report concluded that supportive services such as those offered at Wellness Place “reduce patients’ suffering, help them adhere to prescribed treatments, and support their return to health.” The IOM report has shown that “1 out of 3 cancer patients/survivors exhibited significant psychological distress in response to their illness…high distress patients were 15 times more likely to be re-hospitalized.” The IOM report concludes that “attending to psychosocial needs should be an integral part of quality cancer care.” www.iom.edu
Letter from Executive Director, Pam Reiss
Well no complaints here, what a lovely summer we’ve had! As pleasant as the weather has been I’m excited to be heading into my favorite time of year—fall! And what a busy season we have coming up! Our clinical and program planning team has done an outstanding job lining up terrific guest speakers for these last few months of the year. Starting in October the founder of Breast Cancer My Story, Britta McKenna, will be sharing her thoughts on moving from awareness to support and after care; Kristen Vogel, MS, CGC will be discussing genetic testing for breast cancer risk, a topic that always seems to be in the news, and we will finish up the month with a presentation on managing pain and neuropathy.
Just in time for Lung Cancer Awareness month in November, Melissa Johnson, MD, will present targeted therapies in non-small cell lung cancer; later that month Mary Jo Graden, LCSW, with be leading a discussion on how cancer can impact your sex life, intimacy and dating, a subject that affects many who are diagnosed with cancer.
In addition to these great presentations our Eat, Breathe, Move series continues. Be sure to see our calendar for a full list of dates, times and description of all the great offerings we have!
Of course the only way we can provide these vitals programs and services free of charge is through our fundraising efforts. Thank you to all those brave souls who came out during a rainy, wet September Sunday to support our SEA Blue Prostate Cancer Run & Walk in Lincoln Park! In spite of the rain, it was an overall great event with hundreds of dedicated folks who came out to be educated, celebrate survivors, and raise awareness about prostate cancer. Extra appreciation goes to prostate cancer survivor and WGN anchor Steve Sanders, who once again served as our event emcee!
Just around the corner is our annual Gala which will take place on October 19th at the Wickstrom Auto Group Showroom in Barrington. This unique and special event will be celebrating our golden birthday as an organization! Ticket information can be found on our website. Our annual fund letter will also be mailed out soon and we would be grateful if you would consider supporting this effort with a donation. No contribution is too small as every dollar helps us carry forth our mission of supporting individuals and families through a cancer experience.
PS Most importantly, every dollar raised stays right here in our community where so many of our family, friends and neighbors are dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Help us help those facing this life changing disease.