In what feels like a lifetime ago, Berkeley Patients Group launched our $1 Million For Good initiative in October 2019, 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.
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.
For more information, read Leafly’s Patient’s Guide to Using Cannabis for Cancer..
The Women’s Cancer Resource Center improves equitable access to cancer information, support and care.
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 society in which everyone touched by cancer can access the medical care, education and support needed to ensure a maximum, positive quality of life.”
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.”
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 Spanish – The 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 workshops – WCRC offers 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.
- Psychotherapy and support groups – WCRC 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 support – WCRC 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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)
- 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
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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