New programs to support men and young adults living with cancer

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For more than 20 years, Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation has been the innovative leader in supportive care programming for people living with cancer. With a focus on enhancing the quality of life and well-being of individuals following a diagnosis of cancer, Wellspring is continually growing and modifying its program offerings in an effort to ensure the best possible outcome for people from all demographics and stages within their cancer journey.  As such, two new programs will be launching at Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation.

The Taking Charge: Men’s Program is a new program for men living with cancer as well as for male caregivers for someone living with cancer. Talking with other men who are going through similar experiences will provide an invaluable opportunity for men to share information, to network and to learn throughout their cancer experience. With no set agenda, members from the group will be able to bring forward concerns, topics and to ask questions organically in a safe and confidential environment.

Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House in Oakville will offer the Taking Charge: Men’s Program, on a drop-in basis, the second Tuesday of every month from 1:30 – 3: 00 p.m. The first program will launch on Tuesday January 13. Wellspring Westerkirk at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre will also offer the program on a drop-in basis, the third Wednesday of every month from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m, beginning on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

The You Can Connect program, specifically for young adults (ages 18-39 years) with cancer has now been expanded to include the west end of the Greater Toronto Area. Young adults living with cancer face a number of unique challenges, and these group sessions being offered at Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House in Oakville, will allow young men and women opportunities to network and share with others within their own age-group, while participating in a variety of different Wellspring programs. The You Can Connect program for young adults will be offered twice each month from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The next session will be on December 9, 2014.

The You Can Connect program is also offered the first Thursday of every month at Wellspring Downtown Toronto. The upcoming session is Thursday, December 4, 2014. To register please contact Dawn dawn@wellspring.ca or call 416-961-1928 ext. 222.

Wellspring is a network of community-based support centres offering more than 40 programs and services to meet the emotional, social and practical and rehabilitation needs of people living with cancer and those who care for them. All Wellspring programs are free of charge and require no medical referral.

For more information please contact your local Wellspring centre or visit www.wellspring.ca.