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Touching Hands Cancer Outreach Inc.

Inspiring Impactful Change

It is our joy to be able to share with you a new non-profit organization in our community:     

                  "Touching HANDS Cancer Outreach Inc.          “Where Hope and Faith Abide”       

  We want to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by the community. As a non-profit organization in Effingham County, GA, we provide emotional support, education, and hope for people with cancer and their loved ones, free of charge. Our relationship with Summit Cancer Centers in Springfield, Pembroke, & and Statesboro has proven to be a blessing to many. We look forward to opportunities to bless these centers throughout the year.   Through participation in professionally led support groups, educational workshops, and mind/body programs, giving special gifts/gift baskets, making available, port cushions, and many other homemade items from those in our community.     We offer ongoing support groups, networking groups for people with specific types of cancer, educational workshops, exercise activities, stress management sessions, lectures by experts in the field of oncology, and social gatherings. Services are offered in-person and online via Zoom – all with laughter, joy, and hope.   There are so many people affected by cancer who can learn vital skills to regain control, reduce feelings of isolation, and restore hope – regardless of the stage of the disease.         

   Please check out our Program Calendar and make sure to join us, give us a call for any questions, and enjoy responding to our blog posts. All donations are accepted, very much appreciated, and are tax deductible.
info@touchinghandsoutreach.org
www.touchinghandscanceroutreach.org

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If you have been touched by cancer, we are here to support you.

Touching Hands Cancer Outreach Inc. is an organization with the mission to offer emotional and spiritual support to the cancer community offering support, camaraderie, and fellowship to all those touched by cancer.

This organization offers open support groups. We do not offer medical treatment. Our facilitators are volunteers donating their time and are there to maintain and oversee the “group”, not give medical advice.

A Distinct Identity

Every type is so unique

Here at Touching Hands Cancer Outreach, Inc.,  we are driven to do our part in making the world a better place. Since 2022, we have taken part in a wide range of activities that empower individuals and communities. We strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact with all of our pursuits. Are you ready to join us and create real transformation in the lives of so many?

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Faith Development Programs

Our Programs

Making a Difference

Touching Hands Cancer Outreach Inc., is achieving more with our initiatives than ever before, and we are very proud of the progress we continue to make. Learn more about what we do, who we help, and how we work every day to create a lasting impact.  We want to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

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Education Programs

Empowering Others

Through our Educational Programs, we have the potential to make real and positive change. This is one of our key areas of focus here at Touching Hands Cancer Outreach, Inc., and a source of much success for our Non-Profit Organization.
Check out the program calendar to see the dates and times for upcoming education programs and presenter information. Education programs are listed in purple on the program calendar.
If it is a virtual meeting, a ZOOM link will be on the calendar for you to press and join in easily from the comfort of your room/home.

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Good Morning Coffee Group

Transforming Lives

Start your morning strong with an informal social group to connect with others about cancer, cancer care, caregiving, parenting, and so much more. So, come have your morning coffee with us and see our space! All individuals over the age of 18 are welcome, and we hope to see you here. 
*Note: While this is a loving and caring space, this is a social connection. This is not a support group, or an informal support group, meaning there is not necessarily a licensed professional present.

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Community Outreach

Helping Those Who Need Us Most

Touching Hands Cancer Outreach Inc., is a leader in the sector and ensures that local needs and priorities come first. Our Community Outreach program offers a much-desired platform for people who deserve it most. Become a part of a brighter future and join our efforts today.

Volunteers

Volunteer Now 

Exceptional Achievement

 

Community Is Stronger Than Cancer.......Get Involved

 

 

You can make a difference in the lives of hundreds of cancer participants in our community. Many volunteers, like you, generously give of their time, talent and support to Touching Hands Cancer Outreach Inc.

Volunteers can serve in a variety of capacities, including:​

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    Office administration 

     

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    Community outreach

     

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    Hands-on event assistance

     

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    Making Comfort Totes

     

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    Sewing Port Covers

     

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    Quilting

     

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    Monthly care packages for cancer patients at Summit Cancer center locations 

     

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    Seminar and event greeters

     

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    Homemade Card Making and Packaging 

     

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    Advertising and Supporting Outreach Awareness 

     

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    Program service support 

     

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    Grant writing 

     

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    And more!

     

Whether you are able to help for an hour or a day, we are excited for you to join our team.

 

Volunteer Opportunities: 

EVENT Volunteers, help conduct several fundraising events during the year. There are a variety of ways to volunteer for special events from being on a planning committee to helping the day of the event. Special events provide the opportunity to volunteer for a limited amount of time (once a year on event day) or get more involved in our organization by serving on a committee.

 

–Adapted from Cancer Support Community headquarters–

 

Boxing fans surely know him. But if you are not a boxing enthusiast, you may not be familiar with the name Daniel Jacobs. This boxing pro is a 2-time middleweight world champion. His story is one worth knowing — and not just because of his phenomenal athletic achievements. Daniel Jacobs is also a cancer survivor.

In 2011, Daniel was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive bone cancer called osteosarcoma. It damaged nerves in his spine. It caused partial paralysis of his legs. Doctors didn’t know if he would walk again. But in less than 2 years, Daniel made a full recovery. He went on to hold championship titles with the World Boxing Association and the International Boxing Federation. His nickname is the Miracle Man.

July is Sarcoma and Bone Cancer Awareness Month, so recognizing Daniel’s story now seems fitting. It’s also an opportune time to talk about bone cancer, risk factors, and treatment options.

Bone cancer is often a result of metastasis, which is when a cancer from another part of the body has spread to the bone. There are also primary cancers of the bone, like Daniel Jacobs’ osteosarcoma diagnosis. Primary bone cancer is relatively uncommon. It accounts for 2 out of every 1,000 cancers diagnosed in the United States each year.

 

Types of Bone Cancer

The type of bone cancer depends on where it begins, and there are several types:

  • Osteosarcoma

     is the most common type of bone cancer. It is often found in the knee or upper arm.

  • Chondrosarcoma

     begins in cartilaginous tissue. It can have different features, which can change the prognosis. The prognosis can be defined as dedifferentiated chondrosarcoma, clear cell chondrosarcoma, and mesenchymal chondrosarcoma.

  • Ewing sarcoma

     is found most commonly along the backbone, the pelvis, the arms, or the legs.

  • Malignant fibrous histiocytoma

     often starts in the soft tissue (connective tissue) rather than the bones. When it develops in bones, it affects the arms or legs and grows quickly, while also spreading to other parts of the body.

  • Giant cell tumor of the bone

     develops in both benign and malignant forms but is extremely rare in malignant forms.

  • Chordoma 

    is a tumor that occurs at the base of the skull and bones of the spine. It grows slowly and often does not spread to other parts of the body. However, if not removed, it will grow back in the same area.

In 2021, more than 13,000 cases of soft tissue sarcoma and approximately 3,600 cases of bone sarcoma are expected to be diagnosed in the United States.

— National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program

Risk Factors for Bone Cancer

Research is helping to increase our knowledge about bone cancer, and scientists are learning more about its causes. Common risk factors for the disease include:

  • Genetic disorders such as the Li-Fraumeni Syndrome, the Rothmund-Thomson Syndrome, and the Multiple Exostoses Syndrome.

  • Radiation or exposure to radioactive materials such as radium and strontium. This can cause bone cancer due to mineral buildup in the bones.

 

Treatment Options for Bone Cancer

Your treatment options will depend on the type of bone cancer you have, the stage of the cancer, your overall health, and your personal preferences. Be sure to ask questions if you are unsure of any part of your treatment or of the terms that your health care providers are using.

It is helpful to be aware of any side effects and symptoms before you begin treatment. There are effective and readily available medications to help manage common side effects like nausea, diarrhea, constipation, and mouth sores. Keep in mind that everyone reacts differently to treatment. If you experience any side effects, discuss them with your health care provider.

Treatment options for bone cancer include:

  • Surgery – The primary treatment for bone cancer. It involves the entire removal of a tumor so that no additional cancer cells are found at the edge or border of the tissue removed.

  • Cryosurgery – The use of liquid nitrogen to freeze and kill cancer cells.

  • Chemotherapy – The use of drugs to destroy cancer cells as a systemic (whole body) treatment. Patients who have bone cancer usually get a combination of chemo drugs. Chemotherapy is often a part of treatment for Ewing sarcoma and osteosarcoma, but it is seldom used for other bone cancers, like chondrosarcoma.

  • Radiation therapy – The use of high-energy rays to kill or damage cancer cells. This treatment may be used in combination with surgery. It is often used to treat chondrosarcoma, which cannot be treated with surgery. It is also used to treat Ewing sarcoma, where it may be combined with chemotherapy and possibly surgery.

Resources and Support for Bone Cancer

If you are living with bone cancer or are a caregiver to someone with bone cancer, Touching Hands Cancer Outreach Inc., offers a variety of resources to help ease the burden of your journey.

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Make a Difference Today!
You Give Hope To People Affected By CancerSo No One Faces Cancer Alone

Programs and services are provided free of charge for all youth and adults at Touching Hands Cancer Outreach Inc. All contributions, including financial and in-kind services, help make our programs for youth and adults available when they need them the most. We could not function without the generous and ongoing support of individuals, businesses, foundations and grants.

Touching Hands Cancer Outreach Inc., is a registered 501(c)3, and all contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law. All donations stay in your designated community, and 76% of funds are used for direct program expenses.

If you would like to make a donation in honor or memory of someone, you will be given an option after selecting “Donate Online”. A letter will be sent to the person or family letting them know of your kindness.


TO DONATE BY MAIL, SEND CHECKS TO:
P.O. Box 262 Rincon Ga 31326