Support Week honors and serves patients and caregivers

The 2012 Comprehensive Cancer Support Program Support Week was a huge success. Hundreds of patients and caregivers learned about and participated in activities highlighting the many support services of the Comprehensive Support Program during CCSP Support Week 2012.

Organized by CCSP staff, the week’s activities recognized the 60th anniversary of UNC Health Care.

Monday’s Family Coffee offered a moment to enjoy a delicious hot breakfast and to spend some time talking with CCSP staff and other patients and families.

The daily gas card raffle awarded cards to five lucky winners.

On Tuesday, Raleigh attorney Juan Flores’ talk titled, “The Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Social Security and Disability,” offered practical information and help. Flores worked with the Social Security Administration before going into legal practice.

A yoga meditation session held in the chapel provided patients, family members, volunteers and staff a refreshing moment.

The “Little Caregivers” session brought handcrafted pillows and blankets by longtime volunteer Ulla Blab, handmade pillowcases by ConKerr Cancer, and fun novelty items for young patients with cancer to select as a gift for their brothers or sisters at home.

Wednesday was Remembrance Day with a labyrinth walk and a time for family members to add leaves to the Remembrance Tree.

On Thursday, a variety of activities were offered. Led by social workers, Mary Cromer and Mary Ann Bradshaw, the “Managing the Cost of Cancer” discussion focused on the financial management of cancer and how to cope with its expenses.

“Soup’s On” featured a cooking demonstration by oncology nutritionists Jennifer Spring and Mandy Holliday. Participants enjoyed butternut squash soup with walnut chili pesto topping and left with nutrition tips and recipes.

The week ended with the second annual N.C. Cancer Hospital Thanksgiving Luncheon. Organized by Tina Shaban, coordinator of the Patient and Family Resource Center, participants were treated to a traditional thanksgiving meal prepared by UNC Hospitals Food Services. A blessing of the hands was led by oncology chaplain Patricia Cadle.