West Island Cancer Wellness Centre – February 4th is World Cancer Day, a global event to highlight the impact of cancer around the world. Everyone has the power to take action to reduce the impact of the disease on individuals, families and communities. Through compassionate support and free programs for anyone experiencing cancer, the West Island Cancer Wellness Centre empowers them to live their best life.
“We help people gain more control of their lives, find strength, reduce feelings of isolation, and continue to foster hope, regardless of the stage of their disease,” says Debbie Magwood, Founder and Executive Director.
“The Wellness Centre is somewhere I can go and find people who understand what I am going through,” says Pam, a participant at the Centre. “Without the Wellness Centre, I would have spent more time on my couch watching TV alone. I would have not taken some of the workout classes and felt as energized afterwards making my day much more productive.”
For World Cancer Day, the West Island Cancer Wellness Centre is inviting those experiencing cancer (from diagnosis to one-year post treatment) to reach out if they need support. “No one should have to go through cancer alone,” added Ms. Magwood.
WEST ISLAND CANCER WELLNESS CENTRE
- The West Island Cancer Wellness Centre is celebrating its 10th anniversary later this year.
- The opening of its new facility in 2016 makes it the largest cancer support centre in Canada. In 2016-2017 alone, the Centre directly impacted the lives of 2670 people living with cancer.
- The Centre offers upwards of 1,600 hours of free programs to address the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of cancer patients per month (yoga, nutrition, painting, meditation, Tai-chi, etc.)
- The Centre is powered by people. Close to 400 community, professional and fundraising volunteers donate their time and expertise to the Centre.
- In 2014, it launched and distributed 6,000 copies of “A Little Book About Cancer”, a colorful, interactive workbook for children experiencing cancer themselves or through a loved one. Since last year, the workbook is available as an app on both Apple and Google stores.
- It is a partner and a satellite site for the DOvEE project (Diagnosing Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer Early). The project is a specialized clinical study for early diagnosis of ovarian cancer.