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Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia (CSCGP) is dedicated to providing, at no cost to members, a comprehensive and professional program of emotional support and education designed to enhance the mind, body and spirit of people whose lives have been impacted by cancer. CSCGP offers programs at Ridgeland in Fairmount Park, at Gilda's Club in Warminster, as well as Doylestown Hospital, Abington Memorial Hospital, Temple University Hospital, and St. Mary Medical. Please call CSCGP at (215) 879-7733 or (215) 441-3290. Visit our website at cancersupportphiladelphia.org for more information or “like” CSCGP on Facebook.

Target demographics: anyone impacted by cancer

Geographic areas served: the Greater Philadelphia area

Programs: yoga, tai chi, pliates, support groups, educational lectures, cooking classes, and fun social events.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization provides support at no cost to participants. This is an outstanding organization with excellent corporate habits and the heart to make a difference in the lives of many. I am honored to be part of this organization.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be part of such an outstanding organization that helps so many people!

1 Patricia I.

Board Member

Rating: 5

this is the best environment to find help, quiet, support and good friends!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Excellent organization meeting the psychosocial needs of cancer patients and their families. A real gem.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia provides Cancer Support for Life. It is the place to go for help if one is diagnosed with cancer or a family member or loved one is as well.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working part time at the Cancer Support Community for almost 19 years. It is place where people living with cancer and their families find support, education and exercise programs specifically designed for people living with life threatening illness. I have referred my own family members to groups here and they have been very pleased with the supportive environment and caring attitude of staff and volunteers. It is definitely a place one can turn to so as not to face the caner experience alone.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

As a Donor to the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia (CSCP) I feel my contributions are going to a worthy cause that truly makes a difference in the lives of people affected by cancer. Frankly most of us have encountered cancer whether as a diagnosis or through a loved one or friend. Cancer does not discriminate. Since cancer affects most of us, survivors, caregivers, family and friends, we often inquire what can I do. I would wholeheartedly suggest you consider donating to CSCP, an organization that truly makes a difference and assures that no one faces cancer alone.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia for almost ten years as a donor, a volunteer and now a Board Member. Our members will tell you that being a part of this community and participating in the free, professionally-led programs of support saved their lives. I have seen it first-hand. CSC's work is so powerful and so important that it has become virtually the only charity my husband and I support.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

After 20 plus years with the Cancer Support Community (CSC) I can assure you that this is a non profit that is truly helping people overcome the devastating effects of a cancer diagnosis and treatment . The many programs availaable FREE to all participants are designed to mitigate all the "stuff" that accompanies medical treatment. This is offered on a scheduled basis in a beautiful restored home in a secluded area of Fairmoune Park. We all like the comfort of visiting our friends warm , comforting living rooms, and CSC offers that along with the tender thoughts that we are not alone in our battle to regain our lives prior to cancer . A visit to CSC can open a door to an improved experience in dealing with an unwelcome intrusion in our lives. Be willing to be helped!.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great support during cancer and afterwards. Help find great doctors and care in the community, Great support when dealing with cancer so one can stay positive.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The CSCP is a gift to those affected by cancer! I was the the first among my family and friends to receive a cancer diagnosis. Despite generous support from those in my network, I felt alone. At CSCP I felt safe and supported by staff, volunteers, and my co-survivors. Never in my wildest imagination did I think I'd ever participate in a support group. But the survivors' group in which I participated helped me to navigate the waters of fear, anger, uncertainty, kindness, generosity, and acceptance with a modicum of grace.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my wife was being treated for cancer, she joined a survivors' support group and I joined a caregivers' support group at the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia. The weekly gatherings of my group helped me survive as a caregiver. Having the opportunity to talk about my fears, my hopes, my high moments, and my low moments with other people who were in similar situations helped me (and my wife) recognize that, whatever happened, we would get through it. In addition, the programs and presentations offered are a good source of reliable information that helped me make my way through a confusing and chaotic journey. Five years after my wife's diagnosis, I was diagnosed with cancer. My previous experience at CSCP helped me keep my own cancer treatment in perspective. My life has been better through my contact with the staff, the other participants, and the programs at CSCP.

1 Linda124

Client Served

Rating: 5

I discovered this organization during my cancer treatment, and can't speak highly enough about the wonderful support that I received as I was going through my cancer process.

1 Monica A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to CSCP a year after diagnosis, still embroiled in treatment; suffering mightily from side effects. Initially intimidated by the support group idea it was soon the highlight of my week. I learned so much about how to cope and how to get the help I needed from the medical community .In the group and many classes, truly, I remembered how to laugh again. What is better than that? I met the most amazing, courageous people, felt heard, respected, understood. At the time I could not afford exercise classes elswhere, nor had the energy for anything resembling a social life. This place and it's people- staff and co-survivors filled that gap and helped me grow wiser, healthier and happier with my new reality. I shall always be gratful. Later, as a volunteer, I continued to be uplifted and humbled by the courage of others and the sincerity of the staff and supporters of CSVP. Wether you/ friend/family are in the thick of your treatment or in recovery there is something there for you . Please don't hesitate to give your self this great gift.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia saved my life. The professional and caring staff, the varied and informative programs, the welcoming and supportive community, and the peaceful setting fill an important need largely unmet by doctors and hospitals. Not only did CSCP help my husband and me navigate the challenges of my treatment for breast cancer, but eight years later the experiences we had and the skills we learned continue to enrich the quality of our lives. I know I'll never be able to repay all the support I've received, free of charge, at CSCP. But I am committed to contributing as much as I can to this wonderful organization--both financially and as a volunteer--so that CSCP will continue to "be there" for other people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones.

1 Suzanne O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, a donor, and a paid licensed and certified NIA instructor at The Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia I have witnessed first hand the profound positive impact this very special place has on the people it supports. All services are received free of charge and the benefits to those of us who offer those services to those who receive them is priceless. The Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia is a reflection of hope from the nature that surrounds the facility it calls home, from the variety of classes offered, from support groups, and from community events shared.