In January of 1992, approximately 20 people gathered at a local church to discuss the possibility of forming a cancer support group. In that meeting it was discussed how nice it would be to form a group where cancer patients, survivors and their family members could find support from other people who understood what they were going through.
To gauge the interest in the community, it was decided to hold a program, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, called "I Can Cope." A series of meetings were held where a speaker talked on the many areas of concern that can face a family when one member is diagnosed with cancer - from medical and financial to emotional. At the end of each meeting, a cancer survivor or family member shared their own battle with cancer and how they coped. These survivor talks offered inspiration to everyone and continue to be a testament to the strength of the human spirit. The program spanned across eight weeks and was a big hit with as many as 40 to 50 people attending. These support meetings are still being continued, presently on a quarterly basis.
It was at that point it was realized a real need had been stumbled upon, so it was decided to officially form a support group under the name Multi-County Cancer Support Network. The mission was simple - to provide cancer patients and survivors, their families and friends with support ranging from emotional and educational to financial. MCCSN has grown by leaps and bounds since its beginning.
The organization sponsors an annual fundraiser, a Walk-a-thon, which primarily funds all services. These services, provided to patients while undergoing treatments, include travel reimbursement for treatments as well as financial assistance with expenses such as utilities and food. On loan at the MCCSN office and available to everyone are a resource library, a variety of wigs, caps, prostheses, wheelchairs, etc. The office manager oversees all these services and can make referrals for those wishing to speak with someone with similar experiences. A monthly newsletter to keep people updated and advised of MCCSN’s services and happenings is prepared by volunteers under the supervision of the office manager and is available on this website and through regular mail. To be put on the mailing list and for additional Information, call the office: 931-393-4443, 800-497-4322 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.