Visions of Strength means that there are people out there that care about you. that make your life meaningful, and are are interested in making you well.
— Jean Romano, 2019 Visions of Strength Honoree

WHERE WE STARTED

The Karen L. Mosseau Fund

 

Our Mission

Karen Mosseau believed that all individuals diagnosed with cancer should be afforded access to integrative medicine and therapies such as healing touch, massage therapy, yoga and nutritional and psychosocial counseling. Traditionally, insurance companies either do not reimburse for these therapies or provide inadequate coverage. These modalities provided Karen with comfort and support as she lived with breast cancer. Karen passed away in 2005, at the age of 38, leaving behind not only two young boys and a loving husband, but family and friends who have dedicated themselves to achieving her vision.

Working in conjunction with Superheroes (just like you living right here in our community), who are also dedicated to Karen’s mission, we have the honor of supporting our cancer community, educating our providers, but more importantly, the ability to sustain a fund where patients living with cancer can afford all of these modalities, regardless of their ability to pay.

We have raised more than $680,000 to date over the course of the last 13 years and we look forward to what is to come in 2019 to benefit people right here in our communities during through cancer journey.

  • Patient-Centered Wellness

    The cancer patient navigation system is designed to be directed by, and to meet the needs of, the patient and his or her family in the context of the community and the healthcare environment. Patient navigation removes barriers and saves lives.

  • Thrivers Connection

    Sponsored by the Nancy B. Clemente Fund, this innovative program provides the education that individuals living with cancer need to improve their quality of life and have the necessary tools to live better with their disease.

  • 4 My Sisters and My Brothers

    Treatment of cancer can cause hair loss, changes in skin texture and a loss of self confidence as appearances change. Working collaboratively with 4 My Sisters and My Brothers, we have the ability to secure proper fitting cranial prosthetics and restore self confidence through makeup application, skin care and self care strategies.

  • Whole Patient Care

    Our social workers work with patients and their loved ones to cope with distress related to their cancer diagnosis and treatment. We host monthly support groups that address the needs of the cancer survivor, and run a concurrent support group for their children.

  • Rehabilitation Support

    Early referral to lymphedema therapy, occupational and physical therapy can contribute to a better quality of life during and after cancer treatment. We also work closely with the Troy YMCA, which will be conducting the LIVESTRONG program for our patients beginning in the fall.

  • Healing Touch

    Healing touch is a gentle, non-invasive form of energy-balancing work that promotes deep relaxation. It is used to manage the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, such as fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, pain and lymphedema.

  • Come to the Table

    These classes, conducted by Chef Andy Hurd and hosted at the Hope Club, offer a unique opportunity to experience the benefits or good nutrition and learn the practical cooking skills needed to help individuals live better. Attendees do this while enjoying a cooking demonstration and tasting delicious, healthful foods.

  • Nutrition Wellness

    Dietitians work closely with patients to provide comprehensive care, with the goal of keeping patients strong, maintaining muscle mass, promoting healing, treating nutritional deficiencies, and minimizing complications and side effects of cancer.

  • Yoga Classes

    Regular exercise has been shown to stimulate the body’s natural anti-cancer defenses. Many find that yoga as therapy for cancer provides an ideal form of whole-body exercise and can help restore motion and flexibility in a gentle, balanced manner.

  • Therapeutic Massage

    Studies of massage for cancer patients suggest massage can decrease stress, anxiety, depression, pain and fatigue. Massage is also used to relieve pain and stiffness, increase mobility, rehabilitate injured muscles and reduce the pain of headaches and backaches.