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
Happy New Year! I’d like to thank all of our terrific volunteers who give countless hours of their time doing everything from providing services for our stress and pain management programs, helping at fundraising and outreach events, providing administrative support and, of course our Board of Directors...we are truly appreciative for all the time, talent and energy you so kindly share with us. I’d also like to thank our loyal donors who believe in the mission of Wellness Place and faithfully support our efforts. We are deeply grateful for your help which enables us to provide these programs and services to the cancer community at no charge.
We’ve got another great calendar of programs scheduled that you won’t want to miss. January is jammed packed with amazing speakers like Monica Fawzy Bryant who will answer your burning questions about Health Care Reform; Dr. John Han-Chih Chang will provide an introduction to Proton therapy; and Dr. M. Kelly Nicholas will share the latest treatment for brain tumors. See our calendar for a full description of all the offerings we have planned.
‘Tis the season for inclement weather! Be sure to call ahead and check on schedules and confirm appointments. Winter weather also brings on the cold and flu season. Please be respectful of those whose immune systems are compromised due to treatment and refrain from attending programs when symptoms are present.
Mark your calendar for our 5th Annual Wellness Place Community Cancer Walk & Run at the South Barrington Arboretum on Sunday, May 18. This is our flagship event for raising funds and awareness, while celebrating survivors and remembering loved ones. Start building your team now! Information for team building and fundraising can be found on our website, WellnessPlace.org!