About Us

Mission

The mission of the Women & Cancer Program (WCP) is to provide free high-quality integrative healthcare services, classes and education to lower income women with a cancer diagnosis living in the greater Chicagoland area.

History

The WCP was co-founded by former State Senator Carol Ronen as a result of her own experiences as a cancer patient.  Carol found the benefits of acupuncture during her cancer treatments so valuable that she made a commitment to make accessible integrative therapies for women who otherwise could not afford such relief.  After eight years of service, Ms. Ronen remains a Board member.  The other co-founder Nancy Floy, is owner of the Heartwood Center, Inc. which is an Evanston based holistic healthcare center.

Health disparities and poor outcomes are clearly enumerated in Illinois among lower income and minority women. Evidence based research demonstrates improvement in patient outcomes when integrative therapies supplement treatment. Our services have a positive and in some cases, dramatic impact on women living with cancer and going through the rigors of treatment.  Our caseload documents our success with 98% of our clients experiencing less anxiety and less pain as a result of our services. The National Institutes of Health support what we hear from our clients with its own studies – integrative therapies while undergoing cancer treatment help to decrease anxiety, lessen treatment related side effects, and decrease pain and neuropathy which all lead to improved outcomes.

The program has expanded from the Evanston area to 10 communities in the Chicagoland area. Funding for the program comes from the generosity of foundations and private donors. For a detailed listing of funders – please see the Generous Supporters page.

2013 Board of Directors

 

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