COVID-19 Relief for Cancer Survivors

While we may not be physically able to reach cancer survivors across the US, we are excited to launch the COVID-19 Relief Fund for Cancer Surviors. Funds raised will be used to offer virtual programs such as music therapy, nutrition and meditation workshops, mental health support, as well as live or on-demand exercise classes with MyVictory.


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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, one thing has been clear: People with a compromised immune system are at increased risk. And this population includes people dealing with a cancer diagnosis. The COVID-19 Cancer Survivor Relief Fund was initiated in order to provide virtual resources for those impacted by cancer. The funds raised will go towards:

VIRTUAL MUSIC THERAPY

Music has been shown to have beneficial effects on anxiety, pain, fatigue, and quality of life, with small effects on heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure, in a systematic review of 52 clinical trials involving 3,731 patients with cancer. It was also reported to improve coping and social integration and reduce mood disturbance in patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, a procedure associated with high levels of distress.

Thursday, May 28th ● 7:00pm ● Virtual Workshop
 
Led by Band Together’s Rob Fried with
Recording artist PJ Pacifico &
Award-winning musician Andy Kadison
* No charge

Come explore sound and rhythm through free association and the flow of tones virtually with these outstanding musicians and see just how powerful music can be in transforming each moment of your day into inspired motivation.

VIRTUAL MEDITATION WORKSHOPS

Several studies have documented the value of meditation in managing both psychological and physical symptoms associated with cancer and its treatments. Participating in a mindfulness program has produced perceived positive effects including increased calm, enhanced sleep quality, more energy, less physical pain, and increased well-being. These findings show that through mindfulness, you may be able to enhance your capacity to handle the life stresses that affect the body’s ability to heal.

Four Week Series ● Every Thursday at  1pm – starting July 9th ● Virtual Workshop
 
Led by Jasmine Smith 

A four-week series toward understanding and influencing our mind-set to increase emotional resiliency and engagement in all aspects of your life. We will identify limiting beliefs and explore how thinking impacts our results, use tools to elevate our mindset, and employ techniques to manage stress and anxiety while increasing our presence.

Week One Practice: Reduce Stress

Week Two Practice: Peace of Mind

Week Three Practice: Mastering Emotion

Week Four Practice: Reconnect and Rest

* No charge

LIVE & ON-DEMAND EXERCISE CLASSES

Through MyVictory, Survivors and Supporters have access to a daily schedule of live-streamed fitness classes, plus a vast library of various fitness class types and difficulty levels. Now, more than ever, it has become clear that we are all Survivors of some sort. We have all seen first-hand the hardships that Survivors have overcome. So, whether you view yourself as a Survivor or a Supporter, it doesn’t matter; you are welcome to join MyVictory during this trying time when at home exercise may be the only option for you.

VIRTUAL NUTRITION WEBINARS

Most nutrition recommendations include eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The effect of specific dietary factors on cancer survival rates is not yet well understood. But a healthy diet is important for cancer survivors because they may have a higher risk of other health conditions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and weakening of the bones.

To lower the risk of other diseases, doctors generally recommend that cancer survivors follow common recommendations for good health. These include:

  • Eating a nutrient-dense and plant-based diet
  • Quitting smoking
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Minimizing alcohol consumption
  • Staying physically active

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VIRTUAL GROUP SUPPORT THERAPY

Having cancer is often one of the most stressful experiences in a person’s life. But support groups help many people cope with the emotional aspects of cancer by providing a safe place to share and work through feelings and challenges. They also allow people to learn from others facing similar situations.

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