Cancer Services gets help from women

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Cancer Services, a Winston-Salem-based nonprofit that provides direct services to female cancer patients free of charge, has received a grant of $20,000 from the Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem.

The grant, earmarked for cancer-related medications, is part of the first grantmaking cycle at the Women’s Fund, which distributed a total of nearly $145,000 to Forsyth County schools and charities.

Cancer Services provides its clients with a holistic selection of programs, beginning with the basics, including information, patient advocacy, subsidized medicine, wigs and prostheses, and prevention work.

It also addresses the more personal side of the disease, which often takes both an emotional and financial toll on its victims, by offering services like peer support groups, transportation and financial assistance.

The organization seeks to fulfill not only the needs of the affected individual, but those of her entire family, citing the fact that three in four people in Winston-Salem at some point will be touched by cancer.

“Cancer Services provided my mother and our family with unconditional love, support and friendship during her battle with breast cancer,” client Willonda Thomas says in a statement. “Their services became very special to us on a daily basis.”

Founded in 1955, Cancer Services is a United Way partner.

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