Community Contributions

Thank you to the following groups and organizations who have generously granted funds or held special events to benefit Cancer Support Community!

Benefactors of the Year

In 2005, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of The Wellness Community (now Cancer Support Community) opening in Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, the first Benefactor of the Year was named and presented with a crystal award in honor of the 15th anniversary crystal theme. The tradition has continued ever since.

Click here to view the organizations that have honored CSC with their long-term support and funding.

Robert H. Reakirt Foundation Supports CSC with $50,000!

The PNC Bank Charitable Trust Committee recently awarded $50,000 to Cancer Support Community – Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky (CSC) from the Robert H. Reakirt Foundation, PNC Bank, Trustee. The funds are designated for a series of programs, Living with Cancer, Creating Hope, which will help participants by connecting them to a network of support and resources, educating them about their cancer, and enhancing their overall mental and emotional wellness.

The goal of CSC’s programming is to connect, support and empower those impacted by any cancer – resulting in an enhanced quality of life, better communication with medical teams, increased treatment adherence, improved recovery and strengthened survivor care. Our participants consistently tell us that they find their experience at CSC to be uplifting and affirming, as stated in these words, “It is so helpful to hear others stories and realize you are not alone in this journey. I made wonderful, lifelong friends from my support group. Being in a safe place to share your deepest fears and emotions creates a bond like nothing else.”

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Janet A. Santoro Foundation Supports CSC Breast Cancer Support with $10,000!

Saks Fifth Avenue Donates

The Janet A. Santoro Foundation has donated $10,000 to Cancer Support Community to help fund breast cancer support groups and programs. The funds were raised from a golf outing on Oct. 7 at Bel-Wood Country Club. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated $82,500 to CSC to continue our mission of helping people take on cancer together.

Janet Santoro was a friend and former participant of CSC who created her foundation to financially support organizations that provide support for not only the cancer patients themselves, but also to their families and caregivers. During her cancer experience, Janet’s passion ignited to support cancer patients who needed special help with their daily financial and/or emotional needs. She interacted personally with each individual and helped them through difficult periods during and after their treatment. Now led by Lou Santoro and his family, the Janet A. Santoro Foundation raises funds to support and promote breast cancer awareness, research, and patient/caregiver support services.

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$60,000 Grant from Josephine S. Russell Charitable Trust through PNC, Trustee for Heart of Wellness: Survivors Journey

$60,000 Grant from Josephine S. Russell Charitable Trust through PNC Cancer Support Community’s goal through Heart of Wellness: Survivors Journey is to empower and educate women throughout the stages of breast cancer in order to improve quality of life and restore hope. This will be achieved through support and networking groups, including FORCE (for those with the genetic pre-disposition to breast cancer), Healthy Lifestyle classes, Rebuilding Health and Healthy Steps: The Lebed Method, and two unique services called CancerSupportSource (CSS) and Open to Options.

CancerSupportSource (CSS) is a specialized distress screening tool that uses a 15-item survey to identify stress and its sources, and to help survivors connect with resources that can assist them. Open to Options is CSC’s one-on-one decisional support program that helps women understand their treatment options and how to communicate with their medical team. In addition to all of these supports, three additional programs will be offered through this grant several times this year. Taking Control of the Reins was developed for breast cancer survivors and gives women an opportunity to process their cancer experience through activities with horses. New in 2014, Soul Collage is a therapeutic art workshop that allows survivors to explore their diagnosis through the creation of collage cards. The final component is Psychoeducational Retreats which include: education on treatments, side-effect management, breast reconstruction and other topics; a yoga session for women with breast cancer and guided meditation.

There is a growing number of survivors, and with this increase, also increases the need for evidence-based, quality psychosocial support and education opportunities. We are honored and proud that PNC is a continued partner helping CSC offers unique programming that meets the specific needs of local breast cancer survivors and their loved ones along the continuum of their journey. Thank you PNC!

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Dater Foundation Funds Program for Children Dealing with Cancer

Saks Fifth Avenue Donates Cancer Support Community has received a generous $10,000 grant from the Charles H. Dater Foundation, which will help fund special support programs throughout 2014 for children dealing with cancer themselves or in their family. Called Kid Support™, the 10-week program is a free peer support group for children (ages 4-12) who have a family member or friend with cancer or have cancer themselves. The program features developmentally appropriate content and activities such as artistic expression, poems, stories, cartoons and games to help children feel comfortable asking questions, expressing difficult feelings and sharing common experiences.

Saks Fifth Avenue Donates“The Charles H. Dater Foundation is committed to the children of the Greater Cincinnati area,” stated Bruce A. Krone, Director of the Foundation. “We focus on providing financial support to programs that serve to improve the lives of children through diversified experiences and activities. This is in keeping with the philanthropic vision and goals of Charles H. Dater, in whose memory we serve.” More than 2,200 grants have been awarded since 1985, totaling over $35 million.

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$15,000 Grant from Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati Helps Fund Free Programs for Women with Ovarian Cancer

Grant Helps Fund Free Programs for Women with Ovarian Cancer

Saks Fifth Avenue Donates Cancer Support Community recently received a grant of $15,000 from the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati (OCAGC) that will provide funding for professionally facilitated programs of emotional support, education and hope for women with ovarian cancer, their families and friends, and ovarian cancer survivors. Among the programs funded are a monthly support group for women with gynecological cancers that meets at CSC the second Saturday every month from 11:00am-12:30pm.

OCAGC is a local group of volunteers affiliated with the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance who are dedicated to raising funds and raising awareness. They work to raise money to support local women and families dealing with ovarian cancer and to support research focused on early detection and a cure, and they work to build increased awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer so that women can be diagnosed earlier and begin treatment before the cancer is advanced.

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CSC Receives $12,000 from Kroger’s 2013 Giving Hope a Hand® Campaign

Saks Fifth Avenue Donates For the seventh year in a row, Cancer Support Community (CSC, formerly The Wellness Community) was honored to receive a generous donation from The Kroger Co.’s Giving Hope A Hand® annual campaign for breast cancer support. With the latest gift of $12,000, CSC has received a total of $78,500 from the Giving Hope A Hand® program to help fund the free, professionally-facilitated cancer support programs for people affected by cancer, including women with breast cancer, their loved ones, and breast cancer survivors. Among the programs offered by CSC are weekly support groups, educational programs, healthy cooking classes and healthy lifestyle/stress reduction classes such as Tai Chi, yoga, Healthy-Steps: Lebed Method, guided imagery, and art therapy.

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Grant from Robert Gould Foundation to Help Fund Weekly Support Group

Cancer Support Community recently received a grant of $5,000 from the Robert Gould Foundation in Milford that will provide financial assistance for one of the weekly support groups offered by CSC for people fighting cancer. Two of the hallmarks of the privately-funded non-profit cancer support organization is that all programs are led by paid professionals and yet there is never a fee to participate in any program or service. This is only possible through the generosity of donors such as the Gould Foundation.

“For someone with cancer, attending a support group can become a lifeline to information, support and encouragement through good times and bad,” explained CSC’s Director of Development, Betty Cookendorfer. “We are so grateful for this generous grant from the Gould Foundation that will allow us to add a weekly support group so that more people living with cancer can enhance their recovery and quality of life through this kind of emotional and educational support and expand our support.”

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Janet A. Santoro Breast Cancer Foundation Donates $5,000 to CSC

Saks Fifth Avenue Donates The Janet A. Santoro Breast Cancer Foundation recently donated $5,000 to Cancer Support Community Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky (CSC) to help fund the non-profit’s free programs of support, education and hope for people with cancer, their loved ones, and cancer survivors.

The Janet A. Santoro Breast Cancer Foundation was founded by Janet Santoro and her daughter in 1999 after Janet was diagnosed with breast cancer. The 100% volunteer organization raises funds for breast cancer awareness and support, hosting a charity golf outing each year in support of its mission. After nine years of fighting the disease, and more importantly, helping other people with cancer, Ms. Santoro passed away in 2008, leaving the Santoro Foundation to continue her legacy of providing support for cancer patients and their families. “Janet’s dedication to helping other people with cancer was inspiring and it is wonderful to see her influence continue,” stated Betty Cookendorfer, Director of Development at CSC.

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2013 AAC Golf Tournament Supported Brain Tumor Networking Group

Saks Fifth Avenue Donates CSC was proud to be selected as the 2013 beneficiary of the annual AAC Golf Tournament hosted in August by the Anesthesia and Pain Management Associates of Cincinnati at the Golf Club at Stone Lick Hills in Batavia.

The outing honored Dr. Michael Wood (center), a local ENT surgeon who is a brain tumor survivor, and raised $15,000 for CSC’s Brain Tumor Networking Group. Pictured with Dr. Wood are event organizers Kim MacConnell and Dr. Shawn Carson and CSC Board Chair Richard Moore and CSC Executive Director Rick Bryan.

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Ellen B. Ganson Memorial Foundation Partners with CSC to Serve Women with Breast Cancer

Saks Fifth Avenue Donates Cancer Support Community and the Ellen B. Ganson Memorial Foundation will continue to work together in 2013 to support women with breast cancer and breast cancer survivors. With the support of a $7,500 grant from the Ganson Memorial Foundation, CSC will continue to offer weekly support groups for women who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as weekly gentle fitness classes called Healthy Steps: Lebed Method, which are specifically designed to help cancer survivors increase range of motion, minimize or prevent lymphedema, and lift their spirits. "We are pleased to help fund these programs at Cancer Support Community," explained Beth Goldfarb, Executive Director of the Ganson Foundation. "Ensuring that there are support groups and research-based fitness programs like Healthy Steps available free of charge for women in our community is very consistent with our goals of supporting and advocating for breast cancer patients and survivors."

The Ellen B. Ganson Memorial Foundation was founded to continue the work Ms. Ganson began after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996. Inspired by the notion that her cancer diagnosis felt like being "hit with a ton of bricks," she cofounded "Bricks Along the Journey" with Marcia Levitas – a 40-year breast cancer survivor herself. In 2001, the two women launched an annual fundraiser featuring an auction of salvaged bricks that had been transformed into works of art by artists and community participants. Then, after Ms. Ganson's 10-year battle with cancer ended in 2006, friends and family took up her cause, forming the foundation in her memory and continuing the fundraising and advocacy work.

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Grant from the John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust at PNC Helps People “Keep Moving Through Cancer”

PNC Grant With a grant of $50,000 to help fund the gentle exercise classes at Cancer Support Community, The John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee, will help people “Keep Moving Through Cancer” with physical activities and weekly programming designed specifically for people with cancer and cancer survivors.

“Helping people with cancer and their caregivers better negotiate the cancer journey is a very worthwhile cause for the Schroth family to support through their giving and we are pleased to partner with Cancer Support Community where all the programs are research-based, professionally led, and offered free of charge,” commented Chris Tschieder, Senior Investment Advisor with PNC Charitable Trusts.

Pictured left to right: Chris Tschieder of PNC Charitable Trusts presents check to CSC Executive Director Rick Bryan

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WYLER FAMILY FOUNDATION DONATES $25,000 TO CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY

Wyler Family The Wyler Family Foundation, which facilitates the charitable activities of the Jeff Wyler Automotive Family, has donated $25,000 to Cancer Support Community to help fund the free programming offered for people affected by cancer. The donation was funded in part through the more than $125,000 raised at the 11th Annual Wyler Family Foundation Charity Golf Classic, presented by Turnbull-Wahlert Construction. Held October 8 at Kenwood Country Club, 164 golfers participated in the charitable outing. In addition to Turnbull-Wahlert, additional support was provided by Platinum Sponsors Agency Services Consolidated, Inc., Cintas, G&A Marketing, Huntington, and Katz Teller Brant & Hild, and Gold Sponsors Kraft Electrical & Telecommunication Services, OKI Auto Auction, and US Bank.

Left to Right - Scott Bristow, President; Jeff Wyler, Chairman; Stewart Turnbull, President of Turnbull-Wahlert Construction, Presenting Sponsor of the golf outing; David Wyler, President

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Breast Cancer License Plates Help Fund Transportation to CSC for People in Need with $7,500 Grant

Breast Cancer License Plate Cancer Support Community recently received a grant of $7,500 from the Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio (BCFO) to help fund cab fare to CSC’s program sites for participants without transportation. BCFO is the non-profit organization that receives the donation portion of every Breast Cancer Awareness license plate sold in the State of Ohio. The group, formed by breast cancer survivors, promotes the license plates to raise money for their “Highway of Hope” fund which provides emergency financial assistance and improves access to quality medical care for breast cancer patients in Ohio.



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Charles H. Dater Foundation awards $10,000 for Children Support

The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded $10,000 to Cancer Support Community. The funds are designated for Children’s Cancer Support Programs for children and teens dealing with the cancer diagnosis of a family member or friend.

Many children and adolescents feel alone, confused, angry, sad or frightened and the stress of a cancer diagnosis can impact a child's life in a significant way. The groups and services offered through this program are designed to provide age-appropriate opportunities for children to express their fears and concerns, and meet other children and families in similar situations. As with all programming offered at CSC, the Children’s Support Programs are facilitated by licensed mental health professionals and offered at no cost to participants.

The Dater Foundation and its directors are committed to carrying out the wishes of Charles Dater when he established the Foundation: to make grants to non-profit organizations in Greater Cincinnati to carry out projects and programs that benefit young people and focus on the areas of arts and culture, education, healthcare, social services, and other community needs. We are honored and proud that The Charles H. Dater Foundation is a continued partner helping CSC offers unique programming that meets the specific needs of local families and children impacted by cancer. Thank you Charles H. Dater Foundation!

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Janet A. Santoro Foundation presents $5,000 for Breast Cancer Support

The Janet A. Santoro Foundation recently donated $5,000 to Cancer Support Community to help fund breast cancer support groups and programs. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated $72,500 to CSC and continues to be a strong supporter of our mission.

Janet Santoro was a friend and former participant of CSC who created her foundation to financially support organizations that provide support for not only the cancer patients themselves, but also to their families and caregivers. During her cancer experience, Janet’s passion became providing support directly to cancer patients who needed special help with their daily financial and/or emotional needs. She interacted personally with each individual and helped them through some difficult periods during and after their treatment. Now led by Lou Santoro and his family, the foundation raises funds to support and promote breast cancer awareness, research, and patient/caregiver support services.

“The Santoro Foundation’s financial support over the years has been significant in providing free support for so many families dealing with breast cancer,” stated Gretchen Ramstetter, Director of Development at CSC.

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Jack J. Smith Charitable Trust presents $20,000 to Support the Whole Family, the Whole Time

Terry Allman, Market Director Vice President, PNC Institutional Asset Management presented a $20,000 check to Cancer Support Community from the Jack J. Smith Charitable Trust.

This investment will go toward funding CSC’s Children’s Cancer Support Program, which is designed to provide age-appropriate settings where children and teens learn to express their fears and concerns about a loved one’s cancer diagnosis. The classes use a variety of therapeutic techniques to assist children in expressing their emotions and provides support for the entire family.

“The continued support from Jack J. Smith Charitable Trust has been invaluable to our support of local families impacted by cancer. We grateful to have them as investors in our Community of Hope”, says Gretchen Ramstetter, CSC Director of Development.

There is a growing number of survivors, and with this increase, also increases the need for evidence-based, quality psychosocial support and education opportunities. We are honored and proud that PNC is a continued partner helping CSC offers unique programming that meets the specific needs of local families and children impacted by cancer. Thank you PNC!

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