For those of you who know me, and if you're on this page, it is a safe assumption that you do...you know that these past several years have really sucked for our family when it comes to cancer. Actually, it started 20 years ago, when I lost my amazing partner in crime, and Alex's godmother, Gina Greco. I don't think I ever truly got past watching her leave us way too soon at 36 from Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
You would think that would be enough, but no...it was followed a few years later by the loss of my incredible Aunt Gloria, who died of lung cancer that metastisized to the brain, and my wonderful friend and brother-in-law, (Alex's godfather) Danny Carro, who also left us way too soon at 44 with Multiple Myeloma.
Then, I got the news...and my breast cancer paled in comparison to what I watched those three valiant people go through. But the thing that hit me hardest was how my disease and all of this loss impacted my greatest treasures: my sons, Alex and Tyler, and my nephews Justin and Brandon, and niece Isabella.
And unfortunately, that wasn't the end for these brave kids--after my treatment, my Aunt Margie died of lung cancer, ( while we were both treating, she was being so supportive in trying to pull me through my diagnosis). And, most stunningly, we lost our beloved Abuelo Paco--my sons', nephews', and niece's paternal grandfather--who died of pancreatic cancer and left a tremendous hole in our family. And currently, we are all stunned by the osteosarcoma diagnosis of our 17 year old cousin Pat...he is going through a clinical trial and has been bravely treating since just before his 16th birthday and showing us all what courage looks like.
I don't think we will ever know for sure how all of this impacted those five amazing human beings who I love so much, but I do know that Cancer Support Community Central NJ is working every day to make sure that any child impacted by cancer can find peace and comfort and take control of the situation in a way that is healthy and age-appropriate.
Donate today and help transform lives of children and families affected by cancer
Cancer Support Community Central NJ (CSCCNJ) provides psychosocial services, at no charge, to individuals and familes impacted by cancer. So that no one faces cancer alone. Our evidence-based programs cover areas such as Health & Wellness, Nutrition, Education, and Support Groups.
There is a lack of support for children and families impacted by a cancer diagnosis. Our services, offered at no charge, teach parents and children how to cope with the diagnosis in a safe space.
What your support means to our participants...
"Shortly after our family moved to the Bedminster area, we were referred to this Support Center by my oncologist. And since our first visit, this place has stayed as a meaningful part of our life. Most grateful are the various benefits it provided to my eleven-year-old son. Events such as Mini Chef and Movie Night have been a must-go, and he enjoyed spending time with other kids during those holiday celebrations.
After the incredible eight-week long 'Small Talk' program, my son no longer sees himself as a "special child" as the way he often felt at school; he can now stay calm and not fearful of the word 'cancer', and is supporting me with a more positive and optimistic attitude. For me the cancer patient, I have received numerous suggestions/tips from the staff here as well as from other patients I met. Katherine and Jesse have sat down with me over and over to get to know me at very personal level, and have given me invaluable advice. If this sounds all familiar as a support center, then Katherine and Jesse made all the difference with their caring hearts, always smiley faces, and highly professional ethics. We are truly fortunate to have this Center with us along with my on going fight with cancer."
-Support4Families Parent Participant
In the United States...
Today, over 15.5 Million Americans are living with a history of cancer
Every week, an estimated 32,000 new cancer cases
18% of newly diagnosed cancer patients are parents to one or more minor children
...This means that 2.85 million children in the US are living with a parent who is battling or has survived cancer
In New Jersey...
Today, over 500,000 individulas are living with a history of cancer
An estimated 1,000 new cancer cases every week
25% of individuals with a cancer diagnosis have children under the age of 19
Donate today to help children and parents find support and comfort so that no one faces cancer alone.
To learn more about Cancer Support Community Central NJ, visit www.cancersupportcnj.org