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Cancer Support Community

Nonprofit group relocating to office near the city

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A nonprofit organization that provides free support and education services to cancer patients and those affected by the disease will open a 5,000-square-foot office in the Upper Arlington area next week.

Cancer Support Community Central Ohio is expected to complete the relocation of its headquarters from Sawmill Parkway in Powell to 1200 Old Henderson Road in Columbus on Monday, July 8.

The organization provides more than 80 monthly cancer-related programs -- in the areas of support, education, nutrition and cooking, exercise and meditation -- at no cost to people in Franklin County and its seven contiguous counties.

According to organization representatives, the move is being made to provide a more centralized location for program participants, who include those currently diagnosed with cancer, as well as cancer survivors, family members of people with cancer, their loved ones and cancer caregivers.

"Moving gives us greater proximity to all of the communities that we serve, and therefore, we can better meet the vital needs of anyone facing cancer," said Bev Soult, CSC CO president and chief executive officer.

The organization originally was formed in 2004 as the Wellness Community. It was an affiliate of California-based Wellness Community, a national cancer support organization.

CSC CO was established in 2009 after the Wellness Community joined forces with Gilda's Club Worldwide. It is one of 150 affiliates and satellite locations of the national CSC organization.

In Ohio, CSC CO also provides services to people in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas.

"Our new space will be more conducive to providing a community space, which is what our organization is really about," said Valerie Wigton, CSC CO's director of development and communications. "It's about providing a sense of community so that no one faces cancer alone."

CSC CO is able to provide free services because of support from its national chapter, as well as through donations and grants.

The central Ohio chapter, which has four full-time employees and several dozen licensed facilitators and clinicians, is supported by the Columbus Foundation, the Delaware County Foundation, the Ohio Department of Health, Franklin County commissioners and others.

"These are community support groups led by licensed facilitators," Wigton said. "It's social and emotional support and healthy lifestyles programming.

"Really, our bottom-line message is we're here and we're a whole community behind cancer. We don't want anyone to feel alone and we want to provide hope for all people affected by cancer."

Appointments for services and programs also can be made by calling the central Ohio office at 614-884-HOPE.

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