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Medical Edge: Cancer Family Care

CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- There is something new you are going to be seeing on Local 12 as well as our sister stations, The CW and Star 64.

It's designed to let you know more about a partnership we have with an organization making a huge difference for those whose lives are touched by cancer.  Gwen O'Brien knows what that feels like, she works now at the Lindner Center of Hope.  But 12 years ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer and didn't know how to talk to her children about it.

"You never think you are going to lose your parent, especially at 12 and 9," O'Brien said.

She reached out to Cancer Family Care.  Jill Settlemyre is the Executive Director of the organization.

She tells us Cancer Family Care is an organization, "That offers emotional support to families and individuals dealing with a cancer diagnosis."

O'Brien says it made all the difference surviving this disease.  Carlee Escue Simon says her family had a different experience.  She lost her former husband to cancer and needed help with her children.

"We ended up coming here to tell the boys he was dying that he had six weeks," Simon said.

And that's what cancer family care is all about, "We deal with the emotional side, the feelings, the thoughts,  the fears the anxiety, the anger, the  depression , that all go with a cancer diagnosis," Executive Director Jill said.

They deal with that by helping people at no charge.  So this past  year, to raise money for services, Local 12 was the media  sponsor for the Cancer Family Care annual wine tasting and balloon auction.  I helped host this with our Local 12 News Director, Kirk Varner.
Our General Manager, Jon Lawhead, attended for first time saying, "I saw that night what kind of amazing work they do.  And I thought everybody needs to know about them especially those people who are in the unfortunate situation of  needing them."

So Lawhead made a decision to expand our partnership by providing public service announcements you will soon see on our air.  You see we know that for many of you, and for many of us, cancer is pretty personal.

Jon Lawhead shares, "Both of my sisters, my niece; and I just thought to myself if we had had those services at the time we needed them, that would have made a tremendous difference for us."

It is our hope that if you need help from Cancer Family Care you will know it's there for you.  And as  Gwen O'Brien has done, if you have received help from them, you will give back.

"It was amazing, it was amazing, I regularly give to Cancer Care, I am a big fan of Cancer Family Care, they are the best," O'Brien said.

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