Cancer Connection is a non-profit bringing together health and wellness resources for people in Southeast Alaska, empowering them to make sound decisions and choices with the goal of prolonging their quality of life, whether in time of crisis or fulfillment. Cancer Connection was founded by Mike Miller, a popular swimming coach who was diagnosed with cancer in 1996. The people and communities of Southeast Alaska are tremendously supportive, and we can’t do our work without you.
How Pick.Click.Give. makes a difference
“I didn’t know what I was going to do. Then someone told me about Cancer Connection’s travel program, and the low cost apartment in Seattle available for patients that have to travel for their treatment. At a really difficult time, these things made a hard journey just a little easier.” – Southeast cancer patient.
The contributions received from Pick.Click.Give. help support the programs of Cancer Connection. We are a grass-roots, nonprofit Juneau organization designed to assist Southeast Alaska residents living with cancer, their families, and support systems. Cancer Connection sponsors education programs and awareness events with the intent of prevention and early detection of cancer. It is a largely volunteer organization with a volunteer Board, which guides the mission and strategies of Cancer Connection. Cancer Connection keeps its financial resources in the local area and its focus on the Southeast region. Because it is a volunteer association Cancer Connection Board Members do not keep office hours, but the board members each take turns carrying the on-call cell phone connected to its published telephone number.
Cancer Connection has a program called Let’s Talk, which pairs recently diagnosed individuals with someone who is a survivor of a same type cancer. Another program is the monthly cancer survivors’ support group, which meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm in the Cancer Connection office at 3225 Hospital Drive.
Perhaps the best known program of Cancer Connection is the travel reimbursement program, which will reimburse cancer patients in Southeast Alaska up to $500 per year for ongoing travel for treatment. The Lynne Wunsch Memorial travel fund was initially funded in 2002 with seed money from Coastal Helicopters.
Funds from Pick.Click.Give. also support Cancer Connection’s Seattle Apartment program. The organization made available a high-quality, low cost apartment for rent for SE AK cancer patients seeking treatment in the Seattle area. It was secured to address a gap in resources for having to live in Seattle while undergoing treatment there.
Cancer Connection strives to connect the communities of Southeast Alaska to health and wellness education in the prevention of cancer. We can’t do it without the kind and generous contributions from so many sources. Thank you for your help in this fight.