By BROOKE SNAVELY
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
Cancer with Compassion, Bend’s faith-based cancer support group, donated $10,000 Wednesday to the St. Charles Cancer Center in Bend.
“This Check is presented from CWC in honor and memory of Christie Putschler one of our founding members who passed away Nov. 13 of this year.”
The $10,000 donation is in response to comments by local cancer patients that integrative therapies help them most while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Community members raised the money during a Cancer with Compassion event held in September.
“Integrative therapies allows patients to have access to other therapies that are not necessarily chemotherapy or radiation, the traditional therapies.” said Cancer with Compassion Rev. Kathie Young. “And then also non-medical means patients who are in Redmond and need gas money to drive to their chemotherapy in Bend or need help with utilities then they have access to those funds as well.”
Wendy Rudy with the Survivorship and Community Education at St. Charles Cancer Center said the money will help the center continue provide unique treatments for local patients.
“What we provide is free acupuncture, reiki and massage for patients during treatment. We do that to provide focus on five different areas such as pain,” Rudy said. “The pain can be from the cancer itself or from the treatment. Neuropathy which is a pain and tingling in the fingers and toes and sometimes can affect the face and nose as well. Gastrointestinal issues. Dry mouth which is exactly what it sounds like and then, anxiety.”
Beginning in January, Cancer with Compassion will hold monthly support meetings and cancer related classes at four locations around Bend, including the Westside Church, Touchmark at Mt. Bachelor Village and The Bend Church of the Nazarene
“Cancer is an isolating disease. It causes people to tuck in. Oftentimes if something’s not easy and close to home, they simply won’t go. They’ll stay home and suffer by themselves,” Young said.
For more information on Cancer with Compassion, visit them on the web.