Community Representative for the American Cancer Society Roxanne Miller-Rose spoke to members of the Harlan Chamber of Commerce in a recent meeting.
Rose reported approximately $5,100 was raised for the American Cancer Society in their recent “Denim and Diamonds” event held at the Harlan Center.
“Harlan County has been amazing,” said Rose. “They have raised $33,000 for the American Cancer Society (ACS). This is really amazing considering the fact the previous year they raised only $14,000. It has doubled in a year and this shows you just how much hard work has gone into the events and raising funds.”
Rose said a number of programs are available from the ACS.
“We have Hope Lodge in Lexington….where people receiving treatment in Lexington can stay at no cost to the patient and the caregiver,” said Rose. “They are transported to and from their treatments. They can stay as long as they want as long as they are receiving treatments.”
Rose said in 2012, only 21 patients in Harlan County took advantage of the Hope Lodge. She said thus far through July there have been 86 patients take advantage of the free lodging.
“We also offer a 24-hour a day hotline that people can call if you have a question about cancer and you don’t have to be a cancer patient or caregiver,” said Rose. “We have a feel better program we offer free of charge to cancer patients. It teaches them how to take care of their skin because their whole genetic makeup changes once you go through chemo and radiation.”
Rose said the Look Good Feel Better Program also offers makeup tips, along with free makeup.
Another program she said “they hope to get up and going in Harlan” is the Road to Recovery Program. She said this is a program where volunteers offer their time to take patients to and from their treatments.
“Another is the Reach to Recovery Program, which is a program that helps patients align with someone their own age or same type of cancer they are suffering from to help them answer questions,” said Rose. “Every year in the state of Kentucky approximately 187 people are diagnosed with cancer and about half of them don’t survive it. We want to change that.”
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