Cancer has an impact on us all. World Cancer Day, on February 4, is a day set aside to raise awareness about prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer. An initiative that was begun by the Union for International Cancer Control, it was made official in 2000 and is observed worldwide.
We utilize this day to remind cancer patients that they are not alone and that we all share the responsibility in helping to reduce the global impact of this disease. Locally, our organization provides the full complement of support to ensure that no one goes through cancer alone. We improve cancer outcomes for child and adult patients, with specific attention to those patients in distress.
The goal of Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio, Inc. is to reduce the barriers to care that affect more than 80% of our patients. Finances, food, insurance, housing, education, and support are just some of the needs of a patient and their family when diagnosed with cancer. Referrals to resources, care coordination, advocacy, and navigation are the focus of our programs. Can you imagine how it would affect your own family?
Education and awareness are an important part of World Cancer Day. As the only local organization with a specialized program for children with cancer, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September is a primary focus of ours. Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer. When a child has cancer, the entire family is greatly impacted. Our Kids Konnection Program is designed specifically to help alleviate the stress of decreased finances, increased travel, and helping other children in the family understand the situation.
It takes a community working together to help ensure that no one goes through cancer alone. We could not continue to do what we do without the support of our community. Last year, due to COVID, we took a hit of more than $30,000 to our annual budget. We know that other organizations and businesses were impacted significantly as well.
On February 4th in honor of World Cancer Day, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to a community that continues to support our mission and commitment to improving the quality of life for those diagnosed with cancer. Jean Schoen is the founder and president of Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio, Inc. (419-725-1100).