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Cancer Support Community Montana uplifts and strengthens people impacted by cancer by providing support, fostering compassionate communities and breaking down barriers to care.

Cancer Support Community Montana supports and strengthens those affected by cancer through compassionate communities, breaking down care barriers.

How we’re Accomplishing Our Mission

Cancer Support Community Montana is one of over 40 affiliates of CSC and has two thriving chapters located in Bozeman and Missoula where you will find a full range of supportive programs for people with cancer and their loved ones in a comfortable home-like setting. In addition, there are Resource Centers located in small communities across Montana. All programs are offered free of charge. Here you will find support groups, individual counseling, educational workshops, exercise activities, stress management sessions, lectures by experts in the field of oncology, and social gatherings. Services are offered in-person, online and in a hybrid platform – all with laughter, joy, connection and hope.

Our Aspen Story

Our beloved aspen trees are symbolic of our hopes for those affected by cancer. An aspen tree is, by itself, small and fragile. When brought together, aspen trees flourish in groves with one connected root system. This connection symbolizes the strength and unity we hope will flourish among cancer survivors and their loved ones with the assistance of Cancer Support Community Montana.

CSC Montana

(History & Financials)

Cancer Support Community Montana (CSCMT) is a 501c3 non-profit organization based in Bozeman, Montana, and part of the national Cancer Support Community network. Established in 2004, CSCMT has a long history of providing support for those impacted by cancer in Montana. Originally in Bozeman, we acquired a mortgage-free building in 2009, incorporated the For One Another Family Camp in 2013, and established the Garden of Hope in 2015.

In Missoula, our chapter launched in 2020 and started serving individuals affected by cancer in 2022 at the Cold Spring Schoolhouse on Briggs Street.

CSC Montana has a number of Resource Centers throughout the state to ensure that no one faces cancer alone. A Resource Center is a referral center placed in small communities where the small population will not support a full Chapter. All people impacted by cancer can access a calendar listing the virtual programs of CSC Montana as well as some in-person programs that may be offered in each community. 

CSCMT is dedicated to partnering with rural communities across Montana to offer cancer support services close to home.

Our Plans for Growth

(Strategic Plan 2022-2024)

Cancer Support Community Montana (CSC) is at an unprecedented time in our history due to a host of forces and trends that are unfolding generally in health care and specifically in cancer care.

The growing interest in the benefits of psychosocial support, and the emerging acceptance by the medical community to shift its focus from medical care only to a holistic, comprehensive approach that cares for the whole patient and their family has created a significant opportunity for CSC to take a leadership role in transforming cancer experience across Montana.

This transformation is urgently needed as cancer incidence and costs are skyrocketing with the aging of the baby boomer generation combined with population growth.

CSC Montana

(GuideStar Platinum Participant)

Cancer Support Community Montana is a stand-alone, 501c3 non-profit organization located in Bozeman, Montana, and one of 41 chapters of CSC in the United States. CSCMT has a 20 year history as a strong non-profit, and we joined the national Cancer Support Community in 2007.

In Bozeman, we purchased a building with no mortgage in 2009, combined the For One Another Family Camp into our structure in 2013, and built the Garden of Hope in 2015!

In Missoula, the Chapter began development in early 2020 and opened the doors in 2022. This Chapter is located in the Cold Spring Schoolhouse on Briggs Street in Missoula.

CSCMT is proud to be working in partnership with rural communities in Montana cancer support close to home.

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How We Make A Difference

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Programs Offered

Over 60 programs of support, education and healthy lifestyle classes are offered each month.

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Cost to Participate

Every program and service is offered free of charge to youth and adults affected by cancer – but it is not free of cost. Your donation makes this possible.

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Statewide Retreats

Each year, there are 2 Family Retreats, 1 Men's Retreat, and 1 retreat for women called Mending in the Mountains. These are available only to people in Montana to ensure we serve our community.

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People Served Annually

People who attend programs at CSCMT have decreased anxiety and depression, improved strength and healing, feel more connected and express increased joy.

Get to know the employees and support group facilitators who serve at Cancer Support Community Montana.

Get to know the employees and support group facilitators who organize programs and serve at Cancer Support Community.

Our Amazing Team

Get to know the employees and support group facilitators who organize programs, develop fundraising efforts, and serve at Cancer Support Community Montana.

Facilitators & Instructors

McKenna Fromm, MSW, SWLC is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Candidate working as a social worker

Vanessa Clark, LCSW, AHPC-SW holds space for those in need as a therapist with Dandelion Counseling

Steve Wellington, LCSW, is the facilitator of Prostate Connection. For 14 years he has been working in a var

Wendy Gwinner, LCSW, OSW-C is the Lead Oncology Social Worker at Bozeman Health Cancer Center. She

Katelyn Armstrong, MS, LCPC, earned her MS in Rehabilitation Mental Health Counseling, and is an Oncology Couns

Amy has worked in the health, fitness and yoga world for almost 30 years. While she has taught many types of e

CSCMT Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is the heart and soul of the Cancer Support Community Montana.
They meet monthly to assure the Cancer Support Community Montana has a sustainable
business plan with financial oversight and adequate quality assurance measures.

Bozeman Advisory Council

Van Bryan

Committee Volunteer

Steve Sendon

Committee Volunteer 

Bethany Lentz

Committee Volunteer

Michael Flannery

Committee Volunteer

Matt Dean

Committee Volunteer

Judi Haskins

Committee Volunteer

Missoula Advisory Committee

Hailey Kern

Committee Volunteer

Jadi Rae Curtis

Committee Volunteer

Ray Curtis

Committee Volunteer

Hanna Reese

Committee Volunteer

Bozeman Professional Advisory Board

Bozeman Professional
Advisory Board

• Carrie Gaffney, PT
• Hanly Burton, DO
• Jane MacDonald, LCPC
• Jason Skenazy, MD
• Jess Pope, NP
• John Gannon, MD
• Joseph Carver, Spiritual Care
• Kara Schenk, MD
• Katelyn Armstrong, MS, LCPC
• Kelly Keenan
• Kendall Child, FNP-C
• Kendra Harris, PT
• Kim Schellin, BSN, RN
• Mark Hancock, MD

• Noelle Butler, ND
• Polly Knuchel, RN
• Rabbi Chaim Bruk
• Rebecca Kane, NP retired
• Robin Hape, MD
• Taylor Burton, DO
• Tennielle Baker, PA-C
• William Conkright, MD
• Wendy Gwinner, MSW, LCSW
• Cindy Carter, PA
• Courtney Wagner, MD
• Gigi Marino, RN
• Jack Hensold, MD
• Justin Thomas, MD

Missoula Professional Advisory Board

The Professional Advisory Board (PAB) plays an important part in the ongoing success of Cancer Support Community Montana. The PAB is responsible for communicating with the staff and the Board of Trustees on the needs of people with cancer. This advisory group meets twice a year and is an important voice for people with cancer.

NOW RECRUITING

Missoula Professional Advisory Board

The Professional Advisory Board (PAB) plays an important part in the ongoing success of Cancer Support Community. The PAB is responsible for communicating with the Executive Director, Program Director and the Board of Trustees on the needs of people with cancer. This advisory group meets twice a year and is an important voice for people with cancer.

NOW RECRUITING

Want to be a part of our great work?

Join us in making a difference! Be part of the Cancer Support Community Montana team and contribute to uplifting and strengthening individuals impacted by cancer.

Make a Difference With Your Donation

Cancer Support Community Montana provides all programs and services free of charge and only for people in Montana. Your donation allows your local friends, neighbors, coworkers and family to find support, education and hope all through the
cancer experience.

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McKenna Fromm, (MSW, SWLC)

McKenna Fromm, MSW, SWLC is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Candidate working as a social worker at the Bozeman Health Cancer Center and as a group facilitator at Cancer Support Community Montana.

She facilitates Bosom Buddies, Cancer Treatment, and Living with Loss support groups. Outside of these roles, she also serves as the Secretary on the NASW-MT Board of Directors and teaches barre fitness classes at Sōl Barre Studio in Bozeman.

In her spare time, she enjoys taking barre fitness classes, binge watching a Netflix series, traveling around Montana to spend time with her family and friends, and caring for her animals Ruby (cocker spaniel), Willie (cat), and Draco (tortoise).

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Vanessa Clark, (LCSW, AHPC-SW)

Vanessa Clark, LCSW, AHPC-SW holds space for those in need as a therapist with Dandelion Counseling, as well as leads groups for CSC Montana. A fifth-generation Montanan, Vanessa received her BA from Carroll College and MSW from the University of North Dakota before gaining years of experience in gerontology, hospice and palliative care, and medical illness.

Vanessa loves to spend her free time doing laundry and chasing around her three little wild women.

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Steve Wellington, (LCSW)

Steve Wellington, LCSW, is the facilitator of Prostate Connection. For 14 years he has been working in a variety of therapeutic, medical and educational settings to provide the care that individuals need to work through life’s difficult moments.

With a strong background in medical social work, Steve provides healthcare counseling for those affected by chronic pain, long term illness and disease, new medical diagnosis, sleep disorders, grief/loss, anxiety, and depression.

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Wendy Gwinner, (LSCW, OSW-C)

Wendy Gwinner, LCSW, OSW-C is the Lead Oncology Social Worker at Bozeman Health Cancer Center. She holds a Master’s of Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with advanced certification in oncology social work.

She leads our GYN Cancer Support Group, Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy, and many other educational offerings throughout the year. She currently serves on our Bozeman Board of Directors and Professional Advisory Board. Wendy can be seen about Bozeman running (with her dog pulling).

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Katelyn Armstrong, (MS, LCPC)

Katelyn Armstrong, MS, LCPC, earned her MS in Rehabilitation Mental Health Counseling, and is an Oncology Counselor at Bozeman Health Cancer Center. She is excited to be a facilitator of groups at Cancer Support community.

In her free time, Katelyn loves connecting with nature, fishing and floating any of Montana’s rivers, and traveling. Katelyn lives with her husband, Dan, three cats, two dogs and herds of elk and deer.

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Amy Strom

Amy has worked in the health, fitness and yoga world for almost 30 years. While she has taught many types of exercise classes and worked as a personal trainer, she found her true passion teaching yoga and is a 500 hour certified yoga instructor. She is also an American Clinical Exercise Specialist Health and Fitness Trainer with special certification for Exercise during cancer. Amy began teaching at CSCMT over 5 years ago and famously says ‘take anything else away from me, but not my CSC community!”

She currently teaches functional strength training, gentle yoga and yoga nidra. She loves to hike with her friends and is so grateful for her wonderful husband, Pete, her son Charlie and daughter Addison.

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Bozeman (Office)

Chat with us

Reach out to us at info@cancersupportmontana.org

Our office

102 S. 11th Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59715

Call us

Ring us on (406) 582-1600

Missoula (Office)

Chat with us

Reach out to us at missoula@cancersupportmontana.org

Our office

2625 Briggs St / P.O. Box 5456 Missoula, MT 59806

Call us

Ring us on (406) 317-5077

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Ideas & Feedback

If you have ideas or feedback for Cancer Support Community Montana, let us know by submitting the contact form or by calling Becky Franks, CEO at (406) 582-1600 or becky@cancersupportmontana.org.

Share Your Experience
Encourage others in their personal journey with cancer by sharing your experience with the Cancer Support Community Montana. If you would like to share your testimonial, anonymous or named, please share your story using the contact form or by emailing info@cancersupportmontana.org.

Becky Franks, M.A.

Chief Executive Officer

Becky Franks has been the CEO since 2006, following her mother’s diagnosis of breast cancer. Becky earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health from North Dakota State University, and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. She has worked in the non-profit sector for over 30 years, with an emphasis in Public Health, Health Education and Nonprofit Leadership, and has a passion to enhance the quality of life for people diagnosed with cancer.

Becky is a certified Personal Trainer and is able to use this information to help people gain strength during the cancer experience. She currently serves in a leadership position with the Montana Cancer Coalition, and Chair of the Board of Health for Gallatin County Public Health, and member of Bozeman Health System Board.

Becky lives in Bozeman with her husband, Dennis and dog, Tess. Her sons, Tyler and Michael, and three step-daughters, Alexia, Jordan & Madeline are grown, and living in Montana, North Carolina, and California. She enjoys being a grandma to Donald, Henderson, Freddy, Cade, Brooks & Harper, skiing, biking and running.

Jasmine Surina

Development Director Bozeman

Jasmine started as a volunteer in 2021 then joined the staff at Cancer Support Community Montana after falling in love with the organization’s work. With a personal mission of serving others and giving back to local communities she now serves as the Development Director and loves working to help those impacted by cancer.

Jasmine is currently studying to get her Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration at Montana State University Billings. She is also the Vice President of Public Relations for the Bozeman Rotaract Club. When not in the office you can find her reading a good book, hammocking, and soaking up the sun with her husband, friends and corgi Rusty.

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Lexie Carbo

Program Coordinator

Lexie Carbo received her B.S. in Community Health and minor in Business Administration from Montana State University. During her senior year she served as an intern for Cancer Support Community Montana, and has joined the team as the Program Coordinator.

Lexie is dedicated to establishing healthy relationships and being a resource for those impacted by cancer. Originally from Northwest Montana, Lexie has developed a profound appreciation for the outdoors, including skiing, hiking, and a strong sense of community.

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Cody Meyer, (MSW, SWLC)

Clinical Director of Programs

Cody earned his Master’s in Social Work from Walla Walla University, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Montana. In the past years he has worked with children and families to provide interventions to combat generational poverty and help parents/guardians raise healthy, resilient children.

He is excited to bring his passion for families and begin to support families in this organization. He has a father who is a melanoma survivor and is so excited to work with couples, families, and children who have been affected by cancer.

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Mari Youngquist

Associate Director of Programs

Mari earned her B.S. in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse, where she conducted research in Nature-Based Therapy and Ecopsychology. With experience in non-profit program management, her passion for building community through shared experience, connection, and learning, brought her to the role of Associate Director of Programs at CSCMT.

Apart from her work at CSC, Mari spends as much time as she can adventuring in the mountains. Skiing, biking, climbing, and simply savoring Montana’s beauty bring her joy in abundance!

MacKenzie Wickersham

Development Events Coordinator

Mackenzie Wickersham graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in Community Health. She moved to Montana after graduation and is excited to be involved in the Bozeman Community, specifically helping those affected by cancer.

In her free time Mackenzie enjoys skiing, hiking, golfing, cooking, and spending quality time with her fiancé and English Cocker Spaniel.

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Sophia French

Development Events Coordinator Missoula

Before joining Cancer Support Community Montana, Sophia worked in the outdoor recreation industry upon graduating high school. She has a lifelong passion for nonprofit work and is thrilled to assist in bettering the lives of Montanans affected by cancer.

Sophia grew up in northwest Montana and has called Missoula “home base” since 2018. She is a NOLS alumni and a Wilderness First Responder.
Shaped by the landscape and culture, she enjoys frolicking around the mountains, jumping in lakes, trying new hobbies, volunteering, and riding bikes with her friends and family.

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Kelly Phillips

Cancer Support Navigator

Kelly is beyond excited to join the CSCMT team as the Cancer Support Navigator. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma, but also deeply values organizational administration. Kelly is a lifelong learner with a heart for helping others who face challenges.

She has a deep appreciation of nature and travel, always exploring the places she lands. She is a lover of coffee, all animals big and small, connecting with fellow humans and fostering kindness. Kelly lives just outside Bozeman with her two cats.

Cassidy Catron

Operations Assistant

Cassidy Catron received bachelor’s degrees in Community Health and Microbiology from Montana State University. During the fall of her senior year she served as an intern for Cancer Support Community Montana. She has now chosen to join our team as the Operations Assistant. Cassidy is Originally from Belgrade Montana, and has developed a profound appreciation for the Gallatin Valley community over the course of her lifetime.

She is excited to be able to contribute to her community through her work and to support those affected by Cancer. When she is not at work, Cassidy enjoys both playing and coaching volleyball, fishing, paddleboarding, floating the local rivers, and working on her cooking skills.