KALISPELL - The Cancer Support Community in Kalispell has received the largest community grant from Halt Cancer at X, a local initiative that provides funding for national breast cancer research and local support services.
The organization provides support and hope for people with cancer, free of charge. Every day, hundreds will hear the words 'you have cancer.' The Cancer Support Community in Kalispell wants them to know they're not alone.
"Overall the mission of Cancer Support Community is to make sure that nobody faces cancer alone," said Cancer Support Community director Schelene Browning. "Research has shown that when you have psycho and emotional support during your treatment and after you have better outcomes. So our true mission is to make sure
There were 180 women diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016 alone -- and it doesn't just affect women. There's an average of three cases per year for me."
"When people walk through the door they're really scared. Maybe they were just newly-diagnosed," said Cancer Support Community outreach director Jennifer Young.
"We want to make it easy for them so that they can come here not feeling stressed out about how are they going to pay for a yoga class or how are they going to pay for a cooking class so now they have this opportunity to come here and learn a new skill without the burden of the financial situation," Young said. "If it wasn't for the grants we wouldn't have all these incredible offerings"
All of the more than $20,000 grant will go towards programs and resources the center offers, like healthy excursions, professionally-led support groups, cooking classes and yoga.
"The Cancer Support Community is a wonderful organization here in the Flathead Valley. It helps with all people dealing with cancer, adults and youths as well, they have wonderful programs," said The Event at Rebecca Farm organizer Sarah Broussard. "There are so many programs that they have and it really caters to all different types of people, all walks of life and different types of cancer."
The Cancer Support Community is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment.
If you would like to get involved with the Cancer Support Community, they are in need of volunteers. Also, mark your calendar for their biggest fundraiser of the year the Mardi Gras Gala coming up on Feb. 10.