KCP has a special interest in serving cancer patients, survivors, and their families. Items listed below include support groups, camps, retreats, and a free legal clinic. Also watch the KCP calendar for survivor events.
- Pathfinder - Provided by the Kentucky Cancer Program. This Directory can help you find information and services for cancer prevention, screening, treatment, and support services. The Pathfinder covers all 120 Kentucky counties, organizations and providers. Information on national resources is also found here. Pathfinder website.
- Support groups are sponsored by many hospitals, clinics, churches and nonprofit organizations. To find one near you, visit the Pathfinder.
- Mind, Body, & Spirit is a cancer support group in Louisville, sponsored by Kentucky African Americans Against Cancer (KAAAC). The group meets monthly and is open to both women and men with cancer. For information, call KCP at (502) 852-6318.
- Friends for Hope is a support group and resources for adults diagnosed with cancer, their family, and caregivers. Trained professionals facilitate these meetings, where you meet new friends, share experiences, and express feelings. The group meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM at Gilda's Club. Friends for Hope also sponsors Weekend Retreats for survivors and their caregivers twice a year. Please contact Friends for Hope at 502-451-9600.
- Camps for Kids
- Kids Cancer Allianceoffers a variety of camp and recreational activities year round for children with cancer and their families.
- The Center for Courageous Kidsin Scottsville, Kentucky operates year-round offering two distinct programs: weekend retreats for ill children and families and summer camping sessions designed especially for courageous kids. It is a fabulous opportunity for children who are battling an illness to come out of the shadows of their everyday lives and step into the spotlight with other children coping with the same challenges.
- Camp Quality Kentuckiana serves children with cancer and their families by providing year-round programs, experiences, and companionship, at no cost. Camp Quality, in Louisville, promotes hope and inspiration while helping children foster life skills and develop their full potential.
- Living Beyond Breast Cancerweekends are held twice a year for women who are newly diagnosed or whose cancer has recurred. The weekend retreats enable women to share experiences in a supportive, fun-filled environment at no cost to participants. For information, call KCP at (502) 852-6318.
- Casting for Recovery, a national nonprofit, sponsors fly fishing weekends for breast cancer survivors. There is no cost to participants, who are chosen through an application process.
- Reel Recoveryis a national non-profit organization that conducts fly-fishing retreats for men recovering from cancer. Its mission is to help men in the recovery process by sharing with them the healing powers of the sport of fly-fishing, while providing a safe, supportive environment to explore their personal experiences with cancer, with others who share their stories. Retreats are offered at no cost to participants and are led by professional facilitators and expert fly-fishing instructors. Reel Recovery provides all meals, lodging and fly-fishing equipment, and no previous fishing experience is required. The Kentucky-Southern Indiana retreat is held in Henryville, IN.
- Events. Several annual events celebrate survivors and their supporters. Watch KCP calendar on the home page for dates. These include:
- Breast Cancer Survivor Dinner is held annually in early October at Buckhead Mountain Grill in Jeffersonville, IN. It is the first in a week-long celebration leading up to the Komen Louisville Race for the Cure in October. The annual event is free to all breast cancer survivors who preregister.
- Free legal clinic. Free legal clinics are held in Louisville several times a year to help cancer patients and their families learn about legal issues important to them. A variety of topics are discussed, including insurance coverage, employment and taking time off work, access to health care and government benefits, and estate planning. The clinics are cosponsored by KCP, Louisville Bar Association, and the Louisville ProBono Consortium, and are usually held at Gilda's Club, 633 Baxter Ave. For more information, call KCP (502) 852-6318.
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