Baptist Hospital Foundation partners with Cancer Services

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WINSTON-SALEM — Cancer Services will be able to serve more cancer survivors and their families in the coming months, thanks in part to a $10,000 contribution from The North Carolina Baptist Hospital Foundation.

Chief Executive Officer Dr. John D. McConnell recently recognized Cancer Services for the organization’s services to the community and for its constant support of the hospital’s pursuit of its ministries of healing.

“The North Carolina Baptist Hospital Foundation supports community-based programs and services that seek to serve the broader health care needs of the population served by North Carolina Baptist Hospital, a component of Wake Forest Baptist Health,” said McConnell. “The foundation is very pleased to extend its long tradition of ‘healing ministries’ to Winston-Salem or Forsyth County through partnership with Cancer Services, Inc.”

A United Way partner agency, Cancer Services has been serving cancer patients in local community for more than 60 years. The funds provided by The North Carolina Baptist Hospital Foundation will be used to provide medications, medical supplies, nutritional supplements, and emergency assistance for those cancer patients who need financial help.

“At Cancer Services, we are committed to providing hope for those facing cancer and for those sustaining them,” said Tara O’Brien, chief executive officer. “While this is a personal disease, it is also a community issue, for three out of every four people will either be personally diagnosed or affected by cancer in their lifetime. So we deeply appreciate the support of the community and of leaders such as Dr. John McConnell and The North Carolina Baptist Hospital, who help us enhance health, life and survivorship.”

In 2015, Cancer Services assisted more than 3,942 cancer survivors in the Piedmont Triad and individuals in 57 other North Carolina counties. Cancer Services has served thousands of survivors and families with emotional, financial, and physical support in our community. Dr. Judith Hopkins is the president of the Board of Directors.

Cancer Services is a United Way partner established in 1955 with a mission “To enhance the quality of life for those living with cancer, and to provide the gift of life through education.” The agency provides hope for those facing cancer and for those supporting them through a variety of community-based programs and services including Patient Advocacy; Medication & Financial Assistance; Pink Broomstick Breast Cancer Support; Equipment, Supplies, Wigs & Prostheses; Peer Support from Survivors; Transportation to Treatment; Library of Information & Inspiration, “Survive and Thrive!” Wellness Groups & Programs, Healing Hands Program, and Lifestyle Programs for Prevention & Survivorship. All of these programs are offered at no charge to cancer patients and their families.

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