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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Health, Public Health

Mission: Our mission is to provide hope and support to cancer patients, survivors, and those closest to them.

Results: Since 1996 we have been reaching out to cancer patients and their families in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan… providing love, support, compassion, hope and laughter. In 2019 alone, we provided more than 11,500 services to those in the community going through the journey of a lifetime.

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.

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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.

1 Jo Ann V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Victory Center in Toledo Ohio has been a haven for my husband and myself since Feb. 2001. I was diagnosed with AML in January 2001, 3 months later while researching transplant centers I found a lump in my breast. It was breast cancer and I needed a mastectomy. It was difficult for both my husband and me, but the wonderful people at the VC were there to provide support for both of us. Each time I was greeted with a smiling person asking how I was doing. The staff encouraged me during the most difficult times. The caregivers group were there for the many times my husband needed help and their support. I was a part of the women's support group that helped me through both cancer diagnoses. We were in Seattle for 5 months, having my stem cell transplant, the VC groups and staff sent cards and would call us to let us know how much they cared.The support continued when we got back home. The massages, healing touch, and other services helped me cope with all the stress and improve my immune system when I came home.

The services are totally free to participants and they are never asked for payment. They are privately funded.

The VC's mission to serve the cancer patients and their caregivers is so important to us, we have become volunteers and encourage others to find the support and care at the VC. We have many friends that we met at the VC and they have become a major part of our lives. I am a 4 time cancer survivor and am still around to brag about it.

Jo Ann Valvo

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Victory Center is the greatest center a person experiencing treatments for and after cancer treatments are completed. The staff is excellent. They have compassion and concern for each person that comes to the center. It gives you a renewed spirit. Each person that I received a service from are very professional, and there conversations are friendly and they show there true concern for what your going through. When you leave you have the biggest smile on your face. I've noticed each person also has that great smile. It's like what a great place to go too. I would recommend it to anyone.

Brenda A. Davis

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Victory Center in Toledo, Ohio, is a jewel the likes of which many larger cities do not have. That's their great loss. The Victory Center made a huge difference in my survival of breast cancer during the past year. Any kind of non-medical support a client could imagine is available at the Center. . .and it's available for free. Not only that, but the providers of services are impeccable in their specialties and amazing in their compassion. This is NOT just another clinic. Oncology massage? They have it. Facial? Yup, they have that, too. Reflexology? Not only do they have it, but they offer two different types! Healing touch? Yes. Guided meditation? Yes. Support groups? Of course. Yoga? Yes. The list is nearly endless, and the director and her staff are constantly looking for additional ways in which to be helpful to clients. Every service and every contact is offered in a manner that honors the recipient. Everyone I met at The Victory Center became a friend. The Victory Center is a huge gift to our city's cancer patients.

2 Melissa P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Nearing the end of my treatments I felt lost; I was now unemployed for my employer didn't hold my position for me…what do I do now? I turned to The Victory Center for support, trying to figure out my new "normal”. At The Victory Center, I was surrounded by people who didn't mind talking about cancer. I immediately got involved in their Breast Cancer support group where their group therapist, Nicole, is very compassionate, understanding and knowledgeable. The support group has helped me rejuvenate my self-image and ease the transition that I've been going through. All the positive energy that flows through the room during group sessions has such an uplifting effect on my mental attitude. I have also taken advantage of The Victory Center's Massage Therapy where I can go and unwind, relax and free my mind of worries for a short while, while the massage therapist works my muscles, easing my tensions and then go home feeling renewed. As a 15 month client of The Victory Center, I see them as my extended family, my sisterhood, my home away from home. I have been proud to represent The Victory Center survivors at various events, my way of giving back by being a voice for TVC. I have not yet participated in TVC's exercise programs but, I am eager to find some energy and time knowing the importance of physical activity and its role in breast cancer recurrence

1 Joan V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with Stage III Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in April of 2010. My family and friends were very supportive, but they really couldn't relate to what I was going through - fear, anger, uncertainty, hopelessness etc. I came to the Victory Center to find people who could help me by knowing right where I was emotionally and physically. What a blessing to have a haven such as this! I had relaxing massages, facials, guided imagery and a support group just for my type of cancer! I found hope and friendship in the midst of the biggest challenge of my life. All the services were free! That was so welcomed due to the deluge of medical expenses. I thank the VC for everything. I know that one day when my medical expenses subside, that I will support theVC financially to give back and to help future patients.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I heard about the Victory Center I was still having treatment. All the services were wonderful for me, I was feeling depressed and having a hard time with all going on. Everyone helped in their own way, just being nice at the door, or in a treatment room. I am glad the services were there for me then. What was the best? Hard to say, because I never had most of the services at the Center. Just going and leaving was a healing process in its own. Yes, it was a wonderful experience after going through the fear, surgery, and the emotion roller coaster ride. I hope the center can keep going on to help others in that roller coaster ride.

2 Valerie N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was told about The victory Center when I was in the hospital after cancer surgery. I cannot even begin to say what a help it has been to me. From the first day I came in for an interview to see how they could help me (with the lovely Penny McCloskey) I felt welcomed. For the first 6 months I was able to have reiki, reflexology, massage and facials that helped me feel so much better. Two months post-surgery I was cleared by my doctor to attend the yoga classes which I really enjoy because everyone is very supportive. Our instructor Mike Zerner is very patient and will variations of poses for every level of fitness. His voice is very soothing, too. I've learned how to relax for the first time ever. I also attend the belly dancing classes which are very fun, I enjoy every single lovely lady in that class! The Victory Center is pretty and clean and relaxing, I LOVE IT!!!

1 Mechelle Z.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Victory Center provides numerous wellness programs for cancer patients and their families and it is indispensable to the community. Simply put, there is no other nonprofit in the area that provides the kinds of services the Victory Center provides, from group therapy, to individual wellness services such as massage, Reiki and reflexology. Unlike most cancer centers, The Victory Center focuses its services on the whole person, recognizing that cancer destroys so much more than cells in the body. I found the services most helpful after chemo ended, when I finally had to face the scars and my own mortality. Groups sessions and individual treatments helped me regain my confidence in my own body, and to appreciate that I had survived, even when others have not.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Victory Center of Toledo, Ohio is a jewel to those of us who are working our way to recovery from debilitating illnesses. Almost a year ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and have found peace of mind, body, and spirit through one on one interactions with every person at The Victory Center who has spent time with me. Professionals dellivering Reiki, massage, Reflexology, and more are knowledgeable and kind. Every city should be so fortunate to have a place like our Victory Center, a little peace of Heaven at a time of upheaval.

1 Pam S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went thru Breast Cancer treatments in 2009 and The Victory Center was wonderful. As a 47 year old mother of 2 kids ages 4 & 7 at the time of my treatment, I owe a big part of my positive attitude to the great services and staff at The Victory Center.

1 Lois P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Victory Center is a wonderful place!! when my son Troy was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma i had heard about TVC i put off going there because i was so busy running him from place to place i wish i had got him in there sooner. the staff are more than staff they are warm and compassionate,caring and become your friends. TVC really helped troy feel so much better,mentally,physically, and emotionally. they offer a wide variety of services im not sure if he liked the massage or reflexology better. regardless i recommend going to the victory center to everyone i know that has cancer or knows of someone with it. and its not just for cancer patients they also give tremendous support and services as well to the caregiver. i cant tell you how many times i have left there feeling better.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello my name is Dawn Gibson,
During the time that I was being treated for breast cancer the victory center made the difference for me! With all of the services and their loving staff, it was during those times when I was very weak that they gave me strength and information. The services at the victory center are priceless! I recommend them to all cancer patients that I know!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed in 2009 with breast cancer. Although I'd been to my GP and the surgeon [although I didn't have surgery], I learned of the Victory Center through the herbalist at the Phoenix Food Co-op. I took the tour of the facilities and registered. I was thrilled to learn that I could have these great services free! Besides massage and foot reflexology (fantastic), I've had reiki, sound therapy, and "journey work." Now that I'm two years out, I can still take yoga and have become a regular member of the weekly cancer support group.

I was sometimes defensive about my decision to treat my cancer through natural means (certainly my "surgeon" and oncologist don't support it), so I've been relieved to find the staff of the center to be nonjudgmental. The therapies and connections I made here became portals to other similar (and sometimes SAME) services outside the Victory Center that I consider to have been life changing and life SAVING.

1 Jennifer R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Victory Center is a place to find comfort and compassion while undergoing cancer treatment. The "Always Ready to Help Staff" leave each visitor feeling uplifted and encouraged. Volunteering for the Victory Center is a privilege for me. I am enjoying each new experience and the new friendships gained along the way! Thank YOU TVC!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

10 years ago I was recovering from Bilateral Breast Cancer surgery, chemo & radiation. It was hard to enter the Victory Center doors. I was determined to be strong and going there seemed like asking for help-----.
What I learned was many tools to strengthen my spirit, to brighten my days with positivity and to spend less valuable energy & time on anxiety & fears. As a nurse I found with surprise how wonderful it was to experience Healing Touch, Reiki, and hand-on massages that brought me to tears. My resolve crumbled with that contact and l learned to accept that I didn't have to hang onto such tight control. I remain so grateful for those wonderful services and insight --and have referred family, friends & co-workers to feel safe in entering those doors too.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I was recently diagnosed with cancer and by registering with the Victory Center i realize there are many in my situation. As my journey continues, I have found a place to give me answers.

1 Amy H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen so many people encouraged by The Victory Center! I believe the free services offered there truly benefit the wellness of each participant and caregiver. Never before have I met a staff more friendly and sacrificial of their time and energy. They go to great lengths to make each participant feel welcome and comfortable. Since several of their services are available to survivors, The Victory Center offers a unique and lasting support network that continues to impact the lives of participants long after their treatments are finished!

2 kschwartz

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TVC helps so many people with supportive wellness therapies all free of charge to those going through cancer treatment. The staff is uplifting in so many ways to those that need support. It is wonderful to see so many cancer survivors that used The Victory Center come back to become volunteers. This is a one of kind facility.