An Oasis for Those Facing Cancer

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An Oasis for Those Facing Cancer

By Shannon Cobb

Most people know a family facing cancer, but what they may not know is that families do not have to face this pervasive disease alone. There is a place to get support, completely free of charge, right in the greater Danbury community, called Ann’s Place.

Thousands of people come to Ann’s Place for professional counseling, support groups, wellness activities, resources and educational programs. The staff, facilitators and volunteers help survivors and their loved ones find a unique pathway through cancer that enhances their quality of life.

Ann’s Place offers education programs and guest presentations to help people improve aspects of self-care and increase energy. Popular topics include nutrition (often with live cooking demonstrations), the latest research and treatment options, meditation techniques and more.

Many forms of wellness programs are offered daily. Movement and exercise programs include yoga, tai chi and dance. Creative programs are also offered in fine arts, horticulture therapy, journaling, knitting, writing and music. All of these programs help balance both mind and body during a stressful and emotional time.

All who are affected by cancer are welcome. Many programs are offered in Spanish and several English-based programs, such as yoga, do not require you to be fluent in English.

Ann’s Place is a community-wide program. People from all walks of life are volunteers, donors and participants in our programs. Over 1,000 volunteers help with fundraising events such as the Festival of Trees and the Amber Room Run from the Sun 5K race, as well as volunteering to provide services and keep our offices and grounds beautiful.

All are welcome to come to Ann’s Place to learn more – whether you are affected by cancer, know of a person who is affected by cancer, want to volunteer, attend events or become a donor. There will be an open house on Monday April 29 at 5 pm at Ann’s Place, 80 Saw Mill Road, Danbury.

This article was written by Shannon Cobb, President and CEO of Ann’s Place. To learn more about Ann’s Place, contact Candy Dayana Dube, 475-279-9443, candy@annsplace.org (Spanish and English). Information in English can be found at 203-790-6568 or by visiting annsplace.org. Ann’s Place is located at 80 Saw Mill Road, Danbury, CT, 06810.

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April 8, 2019

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