BPG x WCRC – Cancer Awareness Month

December 2nd, 2019

WCRC in Berkeley

In honor of our 20th-anniversary, Berkeley Patients Group launched our $1 Million For Good initiative in October, supporting ten nonprofits working to uplift our local community.

Each month, BPG will drive funds and awareness to one of our nonprofit partners. This December, we are proud to support our long-time partner, the Women’s Cancer Resource Center in Berkeley

 

Cancer Rates in the US

In 2019, roughly 1.8 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States. An estimated 268,600 women and 2,670 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, which makes it the most common cancer diagnosis. Lung and bronchus cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosis with an estimated 228,150 new cases.

 

Cancer Rates in America

 

Cannabis and Cancer

Cancer has touched the lives of nearly everyone, either directly or through a loved one. The holidays can be a particularly difficult time as we remember those we’ve loved and lost to this devastating disease.

Although the US Food & Drug Administration hasn’t approved cannabis as a cancer treatment, the country’s overwhelmig support of its medical use and shifting legal landscape has encouraged many patients to consult their physicians about the effects it can have on cancer and cancer-related symptoms. 

If you or a loved one have been recently diagnosed, it can be very frightening. Here’s the good news: cannabis can help.

“The cannabis plant contains several compounds with research-backed benefits for cancer patients. The science-based case that it is a safe and effective medicine will be made below, with plenty of links to double-blind studies, authoritative sources, and leading experts.

The takeaway is that the plant can provide relief of cancer-related symptoms like pain, nausea, and inflammation.

Some research has even shown that some cannabis compounds may slow cancer growth and shrink tumors.” via Leafly.com

For more information, read Leafly’s Patient’s Guide to Using Cannabis for Cancer..

 

About WCRC

The Women’s Cancer Resource Center in Berkeley, CA, helps women with cancer improve their quality of life through education, supportive services, and practical assistance.

Navigating the healthcare system can often be overwhelming, so WCRC helps clients and their families get the appropriate care and treatment needed.

“We envision a world in which all women with cancer receive medical care, education, and support, enabling them to survive, thrive, and advocate for the changes needed to achieve a cancer-free society.”

WCRC is a learning organization committed to providing client-centered, compassionate, accessible services in a supportive and inclusive environment. They infuse cultural humility principles and practices into all levels of their work.

At BPG, we love WCRC because they share our belief that cultural humility is a path to equity. “It incorporates a lifelong commitment to self-awareness and careful evaluation to redress power imbalances and to develop mutually-beneficial relationships. This work happens at the individual, community, and organizational levels.”

WCRC

All of the programs and services offered at the WCRC are free. They provide information on cancer prevention and early detection, help clients cope with the disease and treatment, as well as the challenges of caring for someone with cancer. They also serve people with any cancer from all backgrounds, economic abilities, and ethnicities.

Their programs include:

  • Referrals to community resources in English and SpanishThe staff at WCRC and our volunteer Community Health Advocates provide cancer navigation, emotional support, and education to members of the Latino/Latina community, in your own language and in support of your cultural values.
  • Wellness workshopsWe offer a variety of classes and workshops to promote healthy living, cancer prevention, and quality of life through creativity, movement, education, and activism. Many workshops are reserved for women with cancer, while others are open to everyone
  • In-home supportWould you like to attend a support group meeting? We’d love to see you there. WCRC offers many free-of-charge support groups. All of our groups are run by licensed therapists or trained facilitators, and each facilitator has experience specific to the group they facilitate.
  • Psychotherapy and support groupsWCRC offers a safe place to get counseling on any issue related to cancer. We refer to a large group of psychotherapists who have a wide experience with illness, transitions, and dying.
  • Emergency financial supportWCRC offers free services to all women with any cancer. We also offer emergency financial assistance to low-income people living in Alameda and Contra Costa counties through two programs: The Faith Fancher Breast Cancer Emergency Fund and The Lindy Fund.

While the Women’s Cancer Resource Center primarily serves people in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, their Information and Referral Helpline — (510) 420-7900 — is available to anyone, anywhere.

 

Consider Giving this Holiday Season

It’s easy to donate to the WCRC, and there are a variety of options. Click on each one to learn a little more about how you can help today!

You can reach the WCRC’s development team at 510-809-0203 or development@wcrc.orgwith any questions. 

 

Volunteer 

Volunteers play an essential role at WCRC. You can volunteer to provide information, resources, and emotional and practical support to women at risk for and diagnosed with cancer, help change the course of disease in your community!

Volunteers provide many services:

  • Information and referral to community resources
  • Community health advocates (CHAs)
  • In-home support for low-income women
  • Pro-bono psychotherapy for low-income women
  • Cancer education and healing arts workshops
  • Administration: data entry, mailings, filing, office support, and grant writing, fundraising and event assistance

Their upcoming Volunteer Orientation Sessions will be held: Tuesday, December 3, from 6:00-7:00 pm. Click here to learn more about how you can start making a difference today!

BPG supports the WCRC and proudly shares the same core values including community, and compassion. This is one of the many reasons we’ve selected the WCRC as one of our partners for our 20th-anniversary campaign, and in previous partnerships such as Women’s History Month.

Shop at Berkeley Patients Group in December to support WCRC and help those affected by cancer. BPG will collect donations for WCRC participants, and ensure those battling this disease may still enjoy a warm holiday season.

Sales from supporting brands like Kiva will benefit WCRC programs and participants.

 

 

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