A new Cancer Learning Center will open this summer at New London Family Medical Center (NLFMC) as a resource to patients and their loved ones as they journey through cancer.
Being newly diagnosed with cancer can be difficult and overwhelming, said Deborah Johnson, executive director of the Wolf River Area Healthcare Foundation. Having information and resources readily available can help, which was the impetus for creating the new resource center.
Last Monday, the New London Rotary Club gifted $5,000 to support the center. Additionally, United Way of New London has contributed $3,000 toward the project.
“Rotary has a long history of supporting efforts to address health concerns around the world and in our local community,” said Rotary President Bill Fitzpatrick. “We are proud to continue that tradition by making a donation in support of the Cancer Learning Center. We are hopeful that this gift will assist in providing information and access to a network of support for local community members and their families in their fight against this terrible disease.”
The learning center will be located outside NLFMC’s new chemotherapy suite, which is under construction at its specialty physicians’ clinic. Both the learning center and chemo suite are scheduled to open June 17.
The learning center will include up-to-date cancer publications and materials provided by the American Cancer Society; books on cancer and related topics; listings of local resources; and an Internet-connected computer and printer.
“When you hear those words, ‘you have cancer,’ the first thing you want to do is get your hands on everything about what you are facing,” said Mona Klug, New London After Reach support group coordinator. “We know it will be a valuable resource for our entire community.” The New London After Reach group has recently celebrated its 15th year of support to women with cancer in the community.
The center will be open to the public and based on the ‘honor system,’ she said. People who borrow books won’t have to check them out, but will be expected to return them. The hospital may add volunteers to staff the center in the future.
“We will provide information on community resources, such as cancer support groups and education programs,” Johnson added.
To help build the library, WRAHF is inviting the public to contribute books on cancer and related health topics. To make a donation, call the foundation at 920-531-2066.
The Wolf River Area Healthcare Foundation was founded in 2003. Its mission is to seek and secure financial resources that ensure New London Family Medical Center has state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, outreach and education. New London Family Medical Center and the Wolf River Area Healthcare Foundation serve Waupaca, Outagamie and surrounding counties.