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Karmanos’ Social Work and Supportive Services Department chosen for cancer caregiver program

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center’s Social Work and Supportive Services Department has been chosen as one of 30 organizations nationwide to offer a program in the metro Detroit area focused on the needs of cancer caregivers.

The program, titled, “Caring for the Caregiver: It’s a Marathon…Not a Sprint,” is designed to educate individuals about those who care for cancer patients and to provide them tools and tips to make the cancer journey less stressful.

Karmanos will hold the free event from noon-2:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013 in the Wertz Classroom. The event will include lunch, an educational presentation, yoga and other stress reduction activities, and gifts and giveaways.  The event is open to all caregivers of cancer patients and will be limited to the first 25 persons who register. Please call (313) 576-9700 for more information or to register. You may also register online.

The program is funded by Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, a biopharmaceutical company, which has awarded a grant to the Association of Oncology Social Workers (AOSW) to develop the program. The program is then carried out by local organizations.

Program sites are selected based on the presenter’s qualifications and geographical location. As a selected participant, Karmanos will use training slide deck and notes, consultative services from the AOSW, marketing materials, and a small stipend for executing the event.

After submitting a proposal to AOSW in January 2013, Larmender Davis, director of Social Work and Supportive Services, was notified that Karmanos was chosen among the sites to deliver the program.

“We are very excited about being able to provide this service to those who care for loved ones with cancer,” Davis said.  “We understand that cancer not only affects the person diagnosed with cancer, it affects the entire family as well. Caregivers often suffer in silence as they try to remain strong for their loved one. It’s a huge responsibility and a privilege to care for those with cancer and we’re pleased to offer this kind of support to caregivers.”
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