Legal-name: Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach
Address: 109 W. Torrance Blvd, Suite 100
City: Redondo Beach
Organizational-status: 501 (c)(3) nonprofit
Officer: Joey Shanahan, Executive Director/CEO
ContactName: Jackie Suiter
Title: Director of Development
GrantPurpose: To continue providing psychosocial and emotional support to cancer patients and their families free of charge
Periodoftime: April 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020: Cancer Support Community continues to provide ongoing support services Monday – Saturday.
Audienceserved: We serve all people impacted by a cancer diagnosis (kids, teens, adults) from ages 5+
Demoofaudience: All program offerings are available to cancer patients and families who reside in Long Beach, Los Angeles County and through Orange County at no cost. We don’t ask for health insurance or income information in any of our programs. The primary recipients of our program are men and women age 50-80 but our programs begin working with children as young as five. All ethnicities are welcome. In 2019, CSCRB served 2,025 individuals in over 18,000 visits. Of those, 72% were female and 28% were male, one-third were cancer patients, and the other two-thirds were their family members, many times the children who are impacted by their parent’s diagnosis.
District: All Long Beach Districts 1 -9
Q1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? Since the COVID-19 outbreak, we have facilitated 51 virtual support groups reaching over 400
individuals impacted by cancer. We have moved all support group sessions online utilizing the Zoom platform and continue to provide participants weekly with online mind-body videos and online networking series by field experts. For the first time in our 33 years, our goal to provide emotional support to cancer patients and their loved ones through in person support programs has been quickly adjusted to virtual online groups with weekly therapy and mind-body programs continued through the Zoom platform and other online resources. CSCRB has had to procure several paid Zoom licenses to support this telehealth change and bill substantially more staff time to support our community.
Through participation in professionally led support groups, educational workshops, nutrition and exercise programs, and mind-body connection classes, people affected by cancer learn vital skills that enable them to regain control, reduce isolation and restore hope, regardless of the stage of their disease. Since COVID-19, the feelings of isolation, separation and anxiety in cancer patients has significantly increased which is why our new virtual programming is more important than ever. Within 48 hours, we moved 17 weekly support groups to the Zoom virtual platform, trained 24 staff members to facilitate groups this way, and continue to train hundreds of cancer patients to adapt to a virtual platform. In the last two and half weeks we have facilitated 51 virtual support groups for this high-risk population.
Participant activity has actually increased through our Zoom platform providing a connection to others despite feeling too ill from cancer to attend groups in person or through a fear of contracting the COVID-19 virus in a public space. Last week we had a 30-year old cancer patient join the group from her hospice bed, where she’s been so sick she wouldn’t have been able to leave the house if we were still open. We also had a man join the group while at the infusion center getting his chemotherapy treatment.
Scientific studies have proved that psychosocial support for cancer patients is a vital form of treatment in fighting the disease. Our Cancer Support Community continues to be on the cutting edge of providing state of the art recovery-focused groups, exercise programs, nutrition lunches, and doctor’s lectures and educational programs for learning about the latest research and treatments – all of which create opportunities for a person with cancer to become patient-active by participating in their own recovery. The more regularly cancer patients participate in these programs, the more their quality of life improves and their will to live becomes stronger. This all has an impact on recovery and longevity.
Here is a link to a Spectrum news story that ran on 4/6/20 about how CSCRB is continuing to support participants during COVID-19: https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/la-west/health/2020/04/06/cancer-support-group-helps-each-other-during-quarantine
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? : Our support community and programs are a lifeline to our cancer participants and have been offered at no cost for the last 33 years. During the COVID-19 crisis we welcome anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis to join our virtual support groups and activities. CSCRB will continue our support of psychosocial, emotional support and educational programs facilitated by professionally licensed staff for anyone touched by a cancer diagnosis at no cost.
CSCRB provides the services needed beyond the medical issues addressed by doctors and without the burden of insurance paperwork or additional costs to cancer patients and their families. Cancer patients have severely compromised immune systems and are extremely susceptible to dangerous effects of COVID-19. Cancer diagnoses continue to occur every day despite the COVID-19 virus and now more than ever, cancer patients and their families rely on our support and connection to our wellness community to get through these uncertain times. Cancer patients are continuing to navigate their healthcare treatment despite a risk of being exposed to COVID-19. CSCRB helps entire families cope with a cancer diagnosis, starting with children as young as five years old. The mission of Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach is “to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community”- all completely free of charge.
Cancer diagnoses continue to happen every day despite COVID-19 and cancer patients and their
loved ones remain in need of support during this time. The timeline from cancer diagnosis to
engaging in psychosocial and educational support programs at CSCRB can be in just a matter
of days and we continue to receive healthcare referrals during this pandemic as well as new
participants inquiring daily to use our services.
We are planning to add weekly participant check in wellness phone calls, individual grocery shopping requests for participants and homemade protective masks which are being shipped to participants as increased staff activities. This has been critical for our participants, but it has meant a substantial increase in the staff hours needed. Now is a crucial time for us to maintain our full staffing capacity to support our community. As an organization dependent on several fundraising events, we anticipate a large decrease in funding this year.
This emergency grant funding will help us continue to provide psychosocial and
educational support to cancer patients, survivors and their family members virtually during
this uncertain time of COVID-19. With your generous support, we can maintain highly
qualified therapists, fundraising and support staff to ensure there is no disruption to providing
free services. COVID-19 poses a life- threatening risk to our participants at a critical time when
their immunity is already compromised by their cancer diagnosis.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? : The Cancer Support Community (CSCRB) programs are vital to our participant’s wellbeing by offering comfort and support critical to their active treatment, those returning to wellness post-treatment, long term survivors, as well as their family members, caregivers and other loved ones, from ages 5 and up. Cancer patients are severely at risk for COVID-19 since their immune systems are highly compromised. Navigating their treatments and the healthcare system during this COVID-19 pandemic, poses serious risk to our participant’s health and has left our participants with feelings of heightened separation, fear and anxiety during this uncertain time. We provide over 250 programs per month and in 2019 served 2,025 individuals in over 20,000 visits. CSCRB serves communities in Long Beach, Los Angeles and Orange County.
Our service area includes Long Beach, Orange County and most of South West LA County including: El Segundo in the north, Watts in the east, and Beach Cities of Redondo, Hermosa, Manhattan, Torrance, San Pedro, Wilmington, Harbor City/Harbor Gateway, Lomita and Carson plus the Palos Verdes Peninsula cities in the west. We provide over 250 programs each month at our main location on the Redondo Beach Pier, as well as across satellite locations.
Under normal circumstances, cancer patients and their families can attend programs at our main location or where we partner with local hospitals and major healthcare organizations who make patient referrals to us. These partnerships include Long Beach Memorial Hospital, Providence Little Company of Mary Hospitals-San Pedro and Torrance, Kaiser Permanente-Harbor City, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Mission Hospital-Laguna, Beach Cities Health District, Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Support, and Uncle Kory’s Foundation for Brain Cancer. At Harbor-UCLA, Wilmington Senior Services Center and at our home base in Redondo Beach, we offer Spanish speaking support groups.
During the COVID-19 crisis we welcome anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis to join our virtual support groups and activities. In the last week alone, we have welcomed 12 newly diagnosed individual to our community, without ever having stepped foot in our center. This is a huge change after 33 years of providing 100% in-person services.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: N/A
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for Small Business Association Paycheck Protection Program loan; OC Community Resilience Fund Grant