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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Public Health

Mission: Our mission is to support and educate cancer patients and those closest to them by providing individual and group services in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

Results: Our units of service have tripled over the past 5 years. In 2010 alone, we provided 6,311 units of service to more than 500 cancer patients in our area.

Target demographics: Anyone with cancer in our region.

Programs: One on one services: the center provided various therapy and counseling services to cancer patients in order to nourish and comfort the body, mind & spirit during the fight against cancer. Among those services, the center provided 656 massages, 433 reflexology treatments, and 360 healing touch treatments to the cancer patients in 2014. In addition, there were 1,162 other services including reiki, facials, meditation, counseling and wig bank.

group services: group programs were available at no cost to anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer, as well as to family members of cancer patients. Getting together with other cancer survivors or family members was hopeful, uplifting, and therapeutic. In 2014, programs include yoga, art therapy, aquatic exercise, and support groups. There were 4,150 participants with group programs, and 888 with support groups.

outreach: the center provided massage therapy services to cancer patients during chemotherapy within hospitals' chemotherapy treatment sites. Massage including hands, feet, shoulders, and arms would be provided any interested patient in conjunction with chemotherapy, one or more days per month, by an oncology certified licensed massage therapist. The goal for this service is to reach patients at a convenient location, and to educate patients about the center's additional services and programs. Outreach total was 1,026 patients in 2014.

support groups: the center provided services to family members and caregivers of those with cancer. All of the group services, special programs, as well as short term counseling were available to the support groups.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, I feel energized by the opportunity to make the community aware of the services of The Victory Center. When I staff our display at community health fairs and speak to attendees, it is so rewarding to have even just one person say that the individual therapies or the support groups are just what are needed for themselves or for a family member or friend. As a cancer survivor and recipient of the services of The Victory Center, I know firsthand how invaluable the support received there is.

Previous Stories
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer and a former participant, I know firsthand that The Victory Center is an oasis of calm in a cancer patient's often overwhelming journey. This is not only because of the many services provided free of charge to cancer patients and their families, but also because of the caring staff and professionals that serve The Victory Center. Another key component of The Victory Center is the opportunity for cancer patients to connect with, and draw support from one another.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Victory Center is a wonderful place for all. It provides so many great services to improve ones health and well being. From the kind and compassionate staff to all the fantastic volunteers, The Victory Center is a jewel serving those in Northwest Ohio. We are fortunate to have such a tremendous resource for love and health.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I've just read about the Victory Center. It sounds great and helpful to its clients and want to give it my support.

1 Bonnie H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I didn't know which role to check as I'm a previous client, a volunteer, & a Board Member. When I was first diagnosed with cancer I was so upset& stressed out,& the outlook seem pretty grim. I knew about The Victory Center, but not really what they did. The services they offered were so soothing & calming (and they were free). The staff & therapists were so loving & caring I always felt better after a visit there. I truly believe that one of the reasons I'm still here today is because of the support of The Victory Center. After being a recipient of the care I felt I needed to be a volunteer there, and then went on the Board.

1 Berenice W.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I was diagnosed with breast cancer, the end of 2010. I was encouraged by my quimmo doctor to visited The Victory Center.
I was very welcomed. The staff have made me feel like I belong and I did not feel so isolated. I try thing I never done before like Belly dance and Reiki. I am very thank full to have a place like The Victory Center to go during this difficult moment of my life.
Maria Warth

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Victory Center is a very special place. Along with all of their services the Center provides a safe place to "be who you are" during a health crisis. The staff is so nurturing and warm. You immediately feel accepted and "needed." This may sound strange but the staff at the Victory Center want to help you and want/need to share all of their compassion and knowledge. We are very, very lucky to have the Center here in Toledo, Ohio.

1 Tanya N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2009, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. We were all shocked and didn't know what to do. We were given names of various organizations and decided to check out the Victory Center. We were welcomed with open arms when we came in - literally, Lynn and Penny were there to hug us, which was comforting. I was asked for advice and input and the support group and suggestions from the TVC staff and other patients were quite helpful. My mom is quiet and doesn't typically go places on her own so it took a while but we would go together to appointments but now she goes there on her own almost on a daily basis. The treatments (massage, facial, reflexology, reiki, healthy steps class, yoga etc) help relax her and keep her mind off the cancer, surgery and now the pain that still remains. My mom has also created new friendships with people in her knitting class - which is something she never did until she came to the Victory Center. So, I'd say the Victory Center has opened doors for my mom to explore and try things she's never done (belly dancing, knitting, etc.) The Victory Center has become my mom's "home" away from home. I don't know what my family would have done if we didn't find this gem right here in Toledo, Ohio. Thank you!!

1 Crystal J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my Father was diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer in July of 2009 at the young of age 60, I had no where to turn. I found The Victory Center through The American Society when searching for support. They not only helped me deal with such a tragic situation they also gave my Father a type of treatment I never knew he would accept. He enjoyed all the healing touch and massage therapies he could in the short time he lived from diagnosis to passing. I can't imagine if we had not found TVC how much harder the experience would have been. The center is a wonderful safe haven for not only Cancer Patients but their families as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Victory Center has been my 'port in a storm' by providing a safe haven in my time of need after cancel diagnosis and treatment. Their sweet and compassionate staff have made me feel like I belong somewhere and I'm not isolated in the world. I have joined their Breast Cancer Support Group and it has been a healing experience for me mentally, which in turn, is good physically. I have taken advantage of their free services and found each one to help me in a different way - massage, facial, reflexology, healing touch and reiki. What an excellent organization and staff!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Victory Center is a safe haven for those on a cancer journey. It is a "jewel" of Toledo, Ohio. As a former participant and board member, I know the value first hand of the services provided by caring individuals. TVC is a healing place for the mind, body, and soul. I am forever grateful for the care and support I received during my journey in 2001-2002.