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July 24, 2009

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July 24, 2009

My daughter Nancy and I joined The Wellness Community Valley Ventura a few months after Nancy was diagnosed with Metestatic Brest Cancer to the bone. We had to learn how to deal with the "New Normal" since our lives would never be the same again. Nancy used to say going into TWC was like coming home, it was comfortable and made you feel good, also when dealing with cancer you don't want to thik about paying $15.00 for a Yoga Class, every thing at TWC is free of charge. Wednesday was Nancy's favorite night,it was when we went to our group meetings. Sshe wished that there were weeks where every night was a Wednesday and for her birthday her group made her a calander of a year of all Wednesdays. Though Nancy is no longer with us I still attend my Wednesday night meetings. It is where every one understands what we are going through and where I feel at home. I am involved as a board member and am happy to help in any way I can as this is a wonderful organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My daughter, my fellow group members.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The satisfaction of helping others and seeing the results.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Always helpful and concerned

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand it's programs, to help teens with cancer and to expand to areas that are not serviced at this time.

Ways to make it better...

TWC were more recognized in the community.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Fundraising

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 24, 2009

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July 24, 2009

I have been a member of the The Wellness Community Valley Ventura Board of Directors for 9 years. I have seen the positive effects of TWC on many participants and heard their remarks. I have never seen or heard a negative comment. Once cancer enters someones life entering the wellness community provides education, laughs, hope and support for not only the patient but also the patients friends and families. I am always proud to tell people of my involvement with this wonderful organization

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

peoples faces, cancer survivors joy and family members thanks.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to continue the good work.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The internal beauty of the people I have met

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

selfless hard working and concerned human beings looking to help and support complete strangers with time, money and emotional support

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand and bring hope to more cancer victims

Ways to make it better...

able to devote more time to the cause

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

fundraising to expand locations and services

One thing I'd also say is that...

I've been invited to join many boards and organizations, but this is the only one I've seen where the people involved truly care about the helping people and not growing their own businesses.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 24, 2009

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July 24, 2009

Outstanding organization, defined by its caring professionals and volunteers. Willing to try new events and programs that benefit cancer survivors, their care-givers and family.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its support for cancer survivors as well as the friendly, helpful attitudes shown by its volunteers.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

my new, and on-going relationships with other cancer survivors, an TWC's ability to understand and meet the various needs of the communities it serves.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding, dedicated and willing to help.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 23, 2009

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July 23, 2009

The Wellness Community (TWCVV) does incredible work for people with cancer and their loved ones. I have been volunteering my time for ten years. When you are diagnosed with cancer, it hits you and your family like a ton of bricks. If you have cancer, it's hard for people who don't have cancer to relate to you no matter how hard they try, or for you to relate to them. If your loved one has cancer, you don't know what to say to them, and they can't really relate to what you're going through either. That's why support groups of people with cancer, and separate groups of families of those with cancer, can work so well under the guidance of TWCVV's licensed facilitators. The participants who have benefited from the programs are adamant about how much TWCVV has helped them in their fight against cancer. What people often say surprises them at first is all the laughter that happens in support groups. There are tears as well, but a lot of fun. People with cancer also have been virtually unanimous in their belief that they have it easier than their family, so the support group for family members is very important. I urge anyone who knows anyone who has cancer, or their loved ones, to refer them to TWCVV. I also urge those who are able to support the organization to donate to TWCVV generously. As with all non-profits, these are difficult times, but cancer hits in both good and bad economic times.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

supporting people with cancer, and in bringing hope and laughter to their lives.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the appreciation that participants -- those with cancer and those whose loved ones have cancer - have expressed to me for TWCVV and for my support of TWCVV.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful. You can imagine the stress of working with people with cancer all day every day, but they don't show it at the office.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach more people, do more good, and spread more hope and laughter in the community.

Ways to make it better...

more people knew about TWCVV, so that it could provide more programs to more people and raise more money to support those programs.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding enough sources of funding to continue their wonderful programs.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 14, 2009

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July 14, 2009

The Wellness Community Valley Ventura, Inc. provides more than free services for people with cancer and their families - they provide a safe and inviting place for those dealing with life-threatening and frightening real-life with others who are in the same place. You may think you know how someone with cancer feels, but until you actually hear the words "you have cancer" - you can't really understand. Other survivors do understand and support one another with concern, compassion and understanding. This agency does an amazing job helping families cope...in a warm, inviting, positive atmosphere. TWC-VV cares - everyone who works or volunteers there has an attitude of compassion and caring. The facility is warm and inviting and constantly striving to provide more for those who attend the groups and programs.....the positive attitude starts from the top - Suzanne and Marty lead the way with their competence and grace. I can't think of a better place to be at a horrible, frightening time. Kudos TWC-V

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way they are constantly striving to grow and do more to help survivors.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

want to be Suzanne Drace.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Hearing about all the changes and work that has been going on via e-mails and viral marketing since I left the Los Angeles area.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, caring, considerate and "knew their stuff"

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do more to get the word out to people with cancer and provide many more necessary programs and groups to help those dealing with cancer - and their families.

Ways to make it better...

I could have attended a support group for early stage breast cancer survivors there.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the ability to keep raising necessary dollars during these difficult fiscal times.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'm a huge fan!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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