What Can I Do?
Donate to research initiatives
Research is a critical need. Most charity money goes towards basic research and services for “awareness”. When you’re looking for charities to donate to, be sure that you’re donating to ones that are trying to find a cure.
Help out someone you know who has cancer
“Let me know if I can do anything for you.” If you know someone with cancer, make sure to not ask how you can help them, but instead tell them how you plan to help them. Never put the burden of asking for help on the cancer patient.
Donate clothes to a chemo center
There are community oncologists everywhere accepting donations of blankets, hats, or scarves. You can change a patient’s life without even knowing them.
Drive people to chemo sessions
There are so many patients getting chemo who have nobody to drive them. You can leave flyers offering to do so, or post on a community bulletin board that you’re willing to help. You could also call a social worker to find out where the need is greatest.
Let them know they’re remembered
Even just writing cards and leaving them at chemo centers or hospital wards for cancer patients on holidays can be meaningful for somebody going through the most frightening time of their life.
Write your congressman
Changes in healthcare law have created confusion, and it is becoming harder for people with cancer to get medications, whether it be chemo or supportive medications. Necessary pain medications are now withheld, which can mean pain near the end of their lives. We need to change that.
Listen to cancer patients
Remember that when you speak to a cancer patient, they don’t necessarily feel like warriors or survivors; they don’t always want (or need) to have a positive attitude. And nothing they did, caused their cancer.
Other Ways to Get Involved Locally
SONOMA COUNTY, October 1st - 31st
More Than Pink: More Than Pink campaign at Santa Rosa Plaza, Coddingtown Mall and Petaluma Village Premium Outlets. Donate $10 to Susan G. Komen and receive a discount card at participating retailers.
SONOMA COUNTY, Oct. 4 & 18
Support group: Breast Cancer Support Group meets first and third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, free and open to the community. Open to breast cancer patients at any stage of diagnosis, treatment or recovery. This is a facilitator-led support group offering encouragement and guidance for coping with life changes related to breast cancer diagnosis and survival. Call 707-566-5277 or 707-571-3970 for location.
SANTA ROSA, Oct. 4
Catwalk for the Cure: Sutter Health’s 17th annual Catwalk for the Cure fashion show to benefit cancer support services. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Clothes modeled by local individuals/groups, including firefighters, members of Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce, 20/30 Club.
ROHNERT PARK, Oct. 8
Making Strides: Participate in a noncompetitive 5K walk for Making Strides of Sonoma County, a celebration of survival. Registration 9 a.m. Walk begins 10 a.m. Sonoma Mountain Village, 1400 Valley House Drive. More information: makingstrides.acsevents.org, SonomaCountyCAStrides@cancer.org, 707-255-5911.
SEBASTOPOL, Oct. 19
Screenings discussion: Dr. Barbara Borbeck will discuss preventative screenings and precautionary tools available to women as part of Women’s Health Education Series. Discussion begins at 5:30 p.m. Sonoma West Medical Center, conference room, 501 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. For more information, call 707-829-4115.
SEBASTOPOL, Oct. 20
Women’s Health Education series: Radiologic technologist Janet McCann will discuss the difference between 2-D and 3-D mammography imaging, and show those interested the 3-D scanner as part of Women’s Health Education Series. Discussion begins at 5:30 p.m. Sonoma West Medical Center, conference room, 501 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. Information at 707-829-4115.
SANTA ROSA, through Oct. 31
‘Frambroise For A Cure’: Russian River Brewing Co. provides “Framboise for a Cure,” a blonde ale, on tap through October at 725 Fourth St. All proceeds go to Sutter Breast Care Services of Santa Rosa to help men and women in our community fight breast cancer. 707-545-2337. russianriverbrewing.com.
SEBASTOPOL, through Oct. 31
‘Save the Cans’: Taylor Maid Farms will run a “Save the Cans” promotion during October. Each month, customers recycle more than 1,000 cans of Taylor Maid organic coffee by refilling them. In October, the company will donate 5 percent of refill coffee sales to the Ceres Community Project. Locations are Taylor Maid’s retail coffee bar at 6790 McKinley St., Sebastopol.
ST. HELENA, through Dec. 31
Sutter Home for Hope: After Vera Trinchero, one of Sutter Home’s founding family members, was diagnosed with breast cancer, the winery launched Sutter Home for Hope in 2001 to help raise money to find a cure. Since then, Sutter Home for Hope has raised more than $900,000. To donate, mail in any of the special pink corks found in the Sutter Home white merlot, white zinfandel and pink moscato, or the regular corks, screw caps or capsules. The foundation will donate $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation up to $50,000 for each one received by mail or texted as a photo through Dec. 31. Inmar Rebate Center, P.O. Box 426022, Del Rio, Texas 78842-6022. Please add SHFH2016 on the envelope.