Megan Bettencourt, Executor Director
Tim Cummings, MSW, LICSW, Program Director
Gail Colton, Administrative Coordinator
The Boston Foundation
Area We Serve
ABOUT CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY - MASSACHUSETTS SOUTH SHORE
The Cancer Support Community-Massachusetts South Shore, formerly the Wellness Community-Massachusetts South Shore, is one of the over 50 Cancer Support Communities that exist throughout the United States and internationally. After the merger in 2009 of The Wellness Community National and Gilda’s Club Worldwide, a non-profit cancer support organization whose programs and philosophy mirrored The Wellness Community, the new organization became known as Cancer Support Community – the largest provider of cancer support worldwide. The Cancer Support Community-Massachusetts South Shore (CSC-MSS) recently became a division of the Norwell Visiting Nurse Association (NVNA) Foundation and has newly expanded space at 120 Longwater Drive in Norwell, Massachusetts.
History of The Wellness Community and Cancer Support Community
Founded in 1982 by Dr. Harold Benjamin, PhD in Santa Monica California, The Wellness Community expanded over the years to include over 25 individual facilities throughout the United States and worldwide. As a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support, education and hope, to people with cancer and their loved ones, TWC encouraged participation in professionally-led support groups, educational workshops, nutrition and exercise programs, and stress-reduction classes. Through such participation TWC felt that people could learn vital skills that would enable them to regain control, reduce isolation and restore hope - regardless of the stage of their disease.
At the center of TWC’s philosophy is the Patient Active Concept that states, "People with cancer who participate in their fight for recovery from cancer will improve the quality of their life and may enhance the possibility of their recovery." A person who sees him or herself as "Patient Active" is someone who considers themselves part of the fight for recovery along with their physicians and other members of their health care team.
The history of CSC-MSS begins in 2000 when two women on the South Shore, Gail Mitton and Ann Allegrini, opened up Pathways for Cancer Care in Hanover, Mass. Their mission was to provide various types of support and educational programs to people who had been diagnosed with cancer, and, to offer these services free of charge. In 2007 Pathways for Cancer Care, which had expanded beyond the scope originally foreseen by its founders, became a satellite of The Wellness Community-Greater Boston and in 2009 it received its own national TWC charter after TWC-GB was no longer able to support it as a satellite. It became TWC-MSS, one of the 24 Wellness Community facilities in the US.
In July 2009, The Wellness Community National and Gilda’s Club Worldwide joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community and in 2011 TWC-MSS took on its new name CSC-MSS.
Today, the many Cancer Support Communities throughout the United States and worldwide are dedicated to providing the highest quality emotional, educational and social support through a network of nearly 50 local affiliates, more than 100 satellite locations and online. CSC is the largest provider of professional programs offering emotional support, education and hope to people affected by cancer so that no one has to face cancer alone. All programs are offered free of charge to participants through the generosity of individual and corporate donors, grants, and foundation funding.
CSC-MSS is now offering services at 120 Longwater Drive, Suite 104 in Norwell, MA. We can be reached at 781-610-1490.