Mission: As a caring community of professionals and volunteers, cancer action is a local organization dedicated to reducing distress and improving the quality of life for those living with, through, and beyond cancer.
Programs: Patient services program: a diagnosis of cancer can bring many challenges to a person's life and those who care for them. Cancer action's patient services program provides direct services, financial assistance, education and emotional support, and wellness and survivorship programs to individuals facing the many challenges cancer brings who live in the greater kansas city area. During 2014, nearly 3,000 cancer patients received much needed support to relieve distress and improve their quality of life. Many of cancer action services are not only life-improving, but life-saving to those who are most in need in our community. Programs and services are offered to any person through every stage of their cancer experience.
community education program: provides education to the general public on prevention, early detection and ways to reduce a person's risk of cancer. Education is provided through various methods including health fairs, presentation, written materials, and through the agency's resource libraries. Cancer action is out in every area of kansas city providing life-saving prevention information, with an emphasis on underserved populations.
volunteer program: recruits, trains, and manages the hundreds of volunteers that help offer support, comfort, and care to the agency's clients. This program supports the efforts of 650 individuals who gave over 37,000 hours of service, sharing their time and talents to improve the lives of those with cancer in their community.
I was first introduced to Cancer Action in 2005/2006 when my grandmother had terminal small cell lung cancer, Cancer Action helped me so much , they answered question I had about their services and other services available in my community. They helped me with supplement when my grandmother was going through chemo therapy & later with bed sheets , pillow cases , comfort items (crocheted blanket,neck pillow & pressure point pillows) all of these items are made by volunteer's . My Grandmother's death in September 2007 was a very sad day in my life . About 7 months after my grandmother passed away , I started to feel as if I wanted to give something back , to help someone else as I had been helped & Cancer Action has helped me to fill that need in myself. Everyone at Cancer Action is dedicated to helping everyone they can who has cancer & is in need of any assistance.
I have been both a client and a volunteer at Cancer Action. My journey with the organization began with my breast cancer diagnosis at 43. Cancer Action provided me with a wig, in-dwelling cath supplies, and emotional support. I was fortunate to have excellent insurance and wonderful friends and family, who could take me to appointments, etc. so I did not need to utilize Cancer Action's programs such as prescriptions aid and transportation. Shortly after finishing treatment, I began volunteering with Cancer Action, mainly with PC support (logging volunteer supplies and hours, entering clients, etc.). The organization is a group of remarkable people, consisting of both employees and volunteers. They provide hugely needed support and services and do so with compassion, friendship and humor. I have never met a more remarkable group of women as the ones I "work" for at Cancer Action. I am a better, more richly developed, and happier person for my association with them.