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A Year-End Note From Our Exexutive Director

Dear Life with Cancer® Supporters and Friends,
As 2017 comes to an end I want to take a moment to say “Thank You” for your incredible support and share and celebrate with you the many successes Life with Cancer has had this year. 
 
Our budget has grown to 2.8 million dollars which has enabled us to better meet the needs of the children, adolescents and adults living with cancer and those who are adjusting to survivorship, including those who are experiencing long-term or late effects that a cancer diagnosis can bring. In addition, education and support has been extended to family members and loved ones, as well as many groups and organizations in our community. What a privilege it has been to watch our Life with Cancer staff family grow to more than 40 amazingly talented individuals who are committed daily to enhancing the well-being of all those in our care.
 
Life with Cancer is now present in eight locations: Life with Cancer Family Center, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Inova Loudoun Hospital, Inova Alexandria Hospital, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Inova Children’s Hospital, ISCI Infusion Center and Pediatric Specialists of Virginia which increases access to services and provides a seamless continuum of care whether inpatient or outpatient. With the Inova Schar Cancer Institute’s (ISCI) expansion, our counseling, nurse navigation, and programs/classes are at an all-time high.
 
Here are some of our 2017 Highlights
 
 
In the first ten months of 2017, Life with Cancer provided:
  • 2,396 educational classes, groups, and wellness programs for adults, children and adolescents with 13,200 visits.
  • 16,659 counseling and educational consultation sessions by our Oncology Therapists and Oncology Nurse Navigators serving 11,799 people.
  • 30,605 staff service hours which were invested in 24,999 participants
 
We asked for your feedback over this past year and as you can see, we have listened by creating and growing programs specific to
  • long term survivors
  • movement programs that will serve people at various ability levels, and
  • programs related to common challenges such as insomnia, brain-fog, palliative care, and compassion fatigue.
 
 
We have formed new and developing partnerships that will continue to support our mission and vision, in addition to the growth of the number of people served, staff, and programs.These partnerships include:
  • 2Unstoppable – a peer matching program for fitness/movement.
  • Survivors Offering Support (SOS) – a peer matching program for women with breast cancer.
  • Smith Center for the Healing Arts – an Arts and Integrative Healing program (Coming Soon!) that will include Artists in Residency program, Visual and Performing Arts, and additional nutrition/wellness classes.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools - to provide training to their clinical staff on the needs of children and families impacted by cancer and bereavement support needs.
  • Inova Telehealth (Coming Soon!) - opportunities to provide counseling/education to patients/families virtually.
 
We would not be able to accomplish the extraordinary work that we do without your generous gifts of monetary donations and thoughtful volunteerism. Life with Cancer empathizes with the tremendous financial burden that cancer care can create and understands the value of our programs to our patients and their loved ones. We remain committed to providing the majority of our services at no cost and are working on creative strategies to help us continue to cover the growing programmatic needs/expenses to our patients regardless of where they are on the treatment continuum. We thank you for your ongoing support to help us provide these programs/services to those impacted by cancer. Thank you for giving for a better life with cancer. 
 
With sincere gratitude,
Sage
Sage Bolte, PhD, LCSW, OSW-C, CST
Executive Director, Life with Cancer

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