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Michelle Pollak Landwehr is a freelance PR consultant. In her spare time, she loves trying new restaurants with and recipes for her new husband, M., looking for hot, classic designs in neighborhood boutiques, supporting local charity events, and visiting the newest museum exhibits. Additionally, Michelle volunteers for a Montessori school in San Francisco, and sits on the board of an East Bay non-profit which supports those living with cancer. If you have a Bay area event, restaurant, boutique, art or cultural event you would like covered on Miss A, please contact Michelle at mplittlep@gmail.com. You can follow her on her blog.

Cancer Support Community: Support, Education and Hope for People Living with Cancer

It seems like every month there is a different cause that we need to be aware of and rally around.  November is no different than any other month.  The cause that I care about the most is raising awareness about cancer because it has touched me personally.  November is lung cancer, pancreatic cancer and stomach cancer awareness month.  To me, all cancers are bad – for both the person with the diagnosis and the people who love and support that person – and so every month should be about raising awareness about not just one type of cancer but all cancers.

Cancer has affected me more often than I’d like to say.  More than 1.5 million people will receive a cancer diagnosis in the U.S. in 2010 (National Cancer Society).  My grandfather on my Mom’s side died from bone cancer when I was just five years old.  My grandmother on my Dad’s side most likely had breast cancer.  My Dad is a thyroid cancer survivor.  My mom’s best friend died of a gliobastoma, which is a very aggressive, malignant brain tumor.  Unfortunately, the list goes on and on.

Before I moved to San Francisco, I was the director of marketing and development for the international headquarters of The Wellness Community – now known as the Cancer Support Community – in Washington, D.C.  Today, I sit on the leadership board of the organization’s local Cancer Support Community of San Francisco/East Bay located in Walnut Creek.  I’m not as active as I wish I were however it is an organization that holds an important place in my heart.

The Cancer Support Community of San Francisco/East Bay provides emotional support, educational programs and, most of all, hope to all people living with cancer – both the patient and their caregivers.  While I worked for the organization, I worked on this video that I believe shows the heart of what the Cancer Support Community means to people living with cancer: Hope.

If you or someone you know is living with cancer, please visit the Cancer Support Community of San Francisco/East Bay for more information.  You can also learn where there are other locations around the country and the world, here.  Support is also available online. To make a donation to the Cancer Support Community of San Francisco/East Bay, please click here.

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