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Outreach Coordinator, Reynolds Cancer Support House
The Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House provides cost-free, ongoing support for patients fighting cancer. The House is a haven where patients join others to accomplish a shared goal – survivorship. The Reynolds Cancer Support House is the largest free-standing cancer support facility in the country. Located away from a sterile hospital or clinical setting, the Support House provides individuals a comfortable and inviting place of recovery and hope. Do South®reached out to Amy Willadsen, Outreach Coordinator, Reynolds Cancer Support House, to learn more.
Reynolds Cancer Support House
3324 South M Street
Fort Smith, Arkansas
DS: Tell us about the support groups you offer cancer patients and their families.
RCSH: Our have groups for men and women with mixed cancer diagnoses, women with breast cancer, men with prostate cancer, caregivers of cancer patients, a group especially for those for whom Spanish is their primary language, Kids Kicking Cancer an activity based group for children affected by cancer, and Moms and Dads Kicking Cancer for parents of pediatric cancer patients and survivors. We also offer creative and exercise groups including quilting, yoga, and Tai Chi. Visit the “Programs & Services” tab on our website or call the Support House for details.
DS: What educational sessions are coming up that may be of interest to our readers?
RCSH: On September 12 at 6pm we will host “Cancer 101: What to Expect from Cancer Treatment. This session will include a multi-disciplinary panel discussion from experts to address common physical, emotional, and nutritional concerns and side effects experienced by cancer patients in active cancer treatment. Cancer patients and their caregivers are encouraged to attend. On October 15 at 12:00pm, we will host Living with Lymphedema. Both sessions are free to the public, refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, reservations are encouraged, 479-782-6302.
DS: If our readers wish to volunteer, what are the options and how can they sign up?
RCSH: We are always looking for caring individuals to help with our day-to-day Patient Service programming. Duties include registering new patients, fitting for wigs, making support phone calls, clerical duties, and helping with community outreach. Training is provided, volunteers must be at least l8 years old. Those interested may contact Amanda Collins, Patient Services Manager. For a shorter-term commitment, our Christmas Programs are a great way to get involved and bring joy to families affected by cancer. Contact Amy Willadsen, Outreach Coordinator, for more information.
DS: Do you accept financial and/or product donations? If so, how can our readers help?
RCSH: Financial donors may click the “Donate” button on our website, donate by mail to 3324 South M Street, Fort Smith, AR 72903, or in person at the same address. We also maintain a “Wish List” of items. Click the “Donate” tab at our website to see the full wish list.
DS: Is there a special event or fundraiser coming up our readers should know about?
RCSH: Our 28th Annual Survivors’ Challenge 5k, 10K and Celebration Walk on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Join us at ARVEST Tower on Rogers Avenue for a great community event raising funds for cancer fighters and survivors. One hundred percent of proceeds stay right here in OUR community to support those we serve. Registration is now open at our website. Running not for you? We are looking for sponsors, vendors, and volunteers! Call for more information!