Garrett cancer patients given options for support

Several businesses and organizations in Garrett County help out cancer patients with various options. Front row, from the left are Joni Diehl, operations manager, Garrett County Community Action, and Judy Sines, Cancer Screening Program coordinator, Garrett County Health Department. Back row, Sandy Bell, chairwoman of Cindy’s Fund; Gina Artice, cancer patient nurse navigator, Garrett Regional Medical Center; and Fred Gregg, Gregg’s Pharmacy and WildWood Athletic Club.

OAKLAND — A cancer diagnosis brings many concerns, both physical and emotional, to the cancer patient and the caregiver. In Garrett County, several businesses and organizations help to make the cancer journey easier.

Cindy’s Fund is a nonprofit organization that assists Garrett County residents with cancer expenses such as gas cards, hotel stays, medications, some insurances, pharmacy supplies, etc. Cindy’s Fund works closely with the Garrett Regional Medical Center Cancer Center and the Garrett County Health Department in offering a cancer support group, wig shops, referrals and  options for Garrett County cancer patients. Monies raised assist Garrett County residents who have cancer. Cindy’s Fund can be reached by calling Gina Artice at GRMC at 301-533-4133, Judy Sines at the health department at 301-334-7775, on Facebook and by emailing cindysfund@gmail.com.

The Cancer Warrior Program at the WildWood Athletic Club offers services to help both current and former cancer patients get back to how they felt before their cancer journey began. Meeting every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the WildWood Athletic Club, the program is open to members of the club or for drop-in sessions when convenient. The sessions offer information, nutritional counseling, individual group exercise, soft yoga and extra individual attention, if needed. If the person cannot afford the class, Cindy’s Fund will be able to help. For information, call WildWood Athletic Club at 301-334-1300.

The Information and Support Group for Caregivers is sponsored by Garrett County Community Action and meets the second Tuesday of the month. Community Action teams up with agencies throughout the community to provide people with information and resources available. The group is open to all caregivers, not just those dealing with cancer. Call Joni Diehl, operations manager, at 301-334-9431, ext. 6133 to find out the session location and to answer any questions.

The health department offers programs for people who have no insurance or those who meet certain income requirements and need cancer screenings and services. Judy Sines, Cancer Screening Program coordinator, can be reached at 301-334-7775.

The Cancer Support Group hosted by GRMC and Cindy’s Fund meets the first and third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Cancer Support Room at the Cancer Center. The informal group discusses the emotional effects of cancer and is open to all cancer patients, caregivers and family or friends. Call 301-533-4133 with any questions.

The Cancer Center has a new resource library where patients can have access to computers and literature to gather information. The library is accessible weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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