Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Letters to the editor...CAShh proud of record helping patients
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 16 Jun 2006, p. 6

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Dear editor, Re: Cancer groups have common enemy (May 10 letter). We regret that Linda MacKinnonRinguette and family have had to live a parent's nightmare of having a child diagnosed with cancer. I wish to clarify that Cancer Assistance Services does not consider what we do versus the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is out of any malicious squabbles against them. We are proud that over six years ago, a few good volunteers felt very strongly about keeping practical services for cancer patients and their families. This is why we were formed. CAShh realizes that, while research is important, much-needed practical help is vital also. Since the CCS has stopped funding most practical assistance it was important to our community that we continue to provide quality service that many deserved and expected. We are different and while we support research with excess funds, our main priority is being there for the patient in a serviceable way. The fact that close to 500 people have come to us for support makes our organization needed, successful and appreciated. Many referrals come from the CCS itself. Because we are different and have a different mission for our donated funds, perhaps the many organizations soliciting for research funds should be under the same roof. We are proud this community cares and generously supports the quality service we provide. The many special events are a tribute to how our municipality feels about being kind to those struggling with cancer. We are fortunate that having cancer in this community means you will be cared for and have a special place to go for comfort and service. Our greatest wish would be that cancer didn't hurt people, but until a cure is found and the phone stops ringing and there is no need for people needing personal attention, we will be here for them. Sheila Smith, Executive Director, CAShh

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Letters to the editor...CAShh proud of record helping patients