8 CONCORD HOSPITAL TRUST HOPEResourceCenter ensurescancerpatients, families,arenotalone. TheHOPEResourceCenteratConcordHospitalPaysonCenterforCancerCare offersacomfortingembracetoassurecancerpatients,theirfamiliesand caregiversthattheydon’thavetoconfrontthediseaseontheirown. “It’seasytofeellostafterbeingdiagnosedwithcancer,”saidsocialworker AdriannaCrooker-Catlin.“Wewantthistobeaspacewheretheycanfeel safe,laugh,cry,getangry,expressanyemotionandfindguidance.” AttheHOPEResourceCenter,patientsandtheirfamiliesfindcompassion andsupportfromspeciallytrainedprofessionalswhorecognizethatcancer affectsanentirefamilyandthatcaremustcontinuewhentreatmentends. AskLisaOberofBelmont. Duringandaftermonthsofcancertreatment,Lisagothelpwithgarments aftersurgery,instructioninmeditationandmindfulnesstohelpeaseanxiety, financialhelpthroughgrantsandgasandgrocerycards,anddietarytipsthat helpedtheentirefamily.Heryoungsonsgotspecialattention,learning,for instance,thattheycouldnotgetcancerbyhuggingtheirmom. “Anythingyouneed,theyhaditthere,”Lisasaid. TheCenterpresentsnumeroussupportgroups.Someprogramscounsel patientsaboutwaystospeakwiththeirchildrenabouttheircancer. In‘ArtwithHeart,’kidsaffectedbycancercandiscussorexpressfeelings thoughart. ‘IGotYou,Babe’helpscoupleshavingdifficultyexpressingtheircancer concernstoeachother. ‘Man2Man’helpsprostatecancerpatientsandtheirfamilies. PaysonCenteralsodevelopedtheacclaimedAnticancerLifestyleprogram thathelpscancersurvivorstransformtheirlifestylebylearningaboutthe impactdiet,physicalactivity,stressmanagementandotherfactorshave oncancer. ConcordHospitalTrust’sLendMeaHandandGeneGillisFundshelpreduce anxietywithgiftcardstohelppatientswithgroceries,gas,andoncology relatedmedications. TheHOPEResourceCenterhasearnedbroadcommunitysupport.All proceedsfromtheannualRock‘NRacefundraiser,whichattractsthousands ofrunnersandwalkers,fundtheCenter’sactivities.The2018eventraised morethan$250,000.Additionally,in2017,ConcordHospitalinvestedmore than$771,000tosupportthisvitalcommunityresource.SinceallHOPE ResourceCenterprogramsandservicesareprovidedtopatientsandfamily membersatnocost,itisimperativethattheHospitalcontinuetoinvestin andraisefundsfortheCenter.