Cancer Support Community is a national non-profit organization that started in 1982, as a way to bring physician-supported psychosocial support to people affected by cancer – and do so free of charge. It is also unique in that it began under the cloak of research to ensure that the support being provided actually improves quality of life to this vulnerable population. Cancer Support Community Montana began in 2004 and opened a center in Bozeman. We are delighted to open a new chapter in Missoula with plans to hold the ribbon cutting in 2021.
Being part of a national and statewide organization allows us to share resources & reduce expenses while benefiting from national research and experience. Missoula will provide flexible programming based on the current needs of our unique community, and will be financially supported locally. All donations raised in Missoula will benefit our Missoula Chapter.
We enjoy relationships with both of our local hospitals as well as other Missoula organizations and look forward to collaborating together to provide the best possible comprehensive cancer support for patients and their families.
In 2016 Ray Curtis, of Missoula, lost his wife to cancer and began looking for support services for his daughter. This search led him to CSCMT where he experienced first-hand how our services help patients and families improve their health both during and after treatment. In 2018 he invited a group of Missoula contacts and oncology professionals to begin imagining a center in Missoula. His passion for the project was contagious and CSC’s mission resonated on a deep level as everyone present agreed about the urgent need in Missoula for complete wrap-around services.
This conversation led him to Hailey Kern, a young Leukemia survivor who was on the board at Living Art of Montana and looking for ways to make it easier for patients and survivors to connect with vital services in Missoula. The two of them put together a business plan and are in the process of forming a Chapter Board in Missoula to open a center that will be funded and controlled by our community. We hope to open our doors in early 2021. Until then, we are offering our Virtual Community and online programming, which is available now free of charge.