In 2016 alone, it is estimated that almost 1.7 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer. One person alone can’t beat cancer, it takes a team. The Breakaway from Cancer non-profit partner organizations – Prevent Cancer Foundation, Cancer Support Community, Patient Advocate Foundation and National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship – collectively offer a broad range of support services to people affected by cancer, complementing those provided by a patient’s team of healthcare professionals.
Breakaway from Cancer ambassador Patrick Dempsey, has been featured in a new public service announcement (PSA) in an effort to increase awareness of the importance of education and support services available for those impacted by cancer. Dempsey, who lost his mother to ovarian cancer, was motivated to join Breakaway from Cancer in 2007 by her courage and his family’s experience in rallying around her. In 2008, he founded the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in Maine and continues to work with Breakaway from Cancer to deliver the message that no one should fight cancer alone.
Cancer survivors join Dempsey in the PSA to share their messages of hope. Jackie Crowell, a cancer survivor and former professional cyclist, shares that resources help everyone affected by cancer – patients, caregivers and family members. Debra Parson, a caregiver to her brother during his cancer journey, explains that there is help navigating healthcare and insurance questions. Cancer survivor and long-time Breakaway from Cancer supporter Blaine Mauldin shares that finding a community is important.
More information about Breakaway from Cancer, including valuable resources offered by Amgen’s partners, is available at www.breakawayfromcancer.com.
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