In 2008, the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust began working with the Cancer Support Community (CSC) to locate a home in Fairmount Park for a first-of-its kind cancer Research and Training Institute (RTI). First opened in 2009, the RTI is the first Institute in the U.S. dedicated to psychosocial, behavioral and survivorship research and training in cancer. The Institute examines the critical role of social and emotional support for those living with cancer and studies the distinctive needs of survivors and caregivers throughout each phase of the cancer experience. Now in 2011, we are thrilled to celebrate the Grand Opening of a fully-renovated historic building, where the critical role of social and emotional support for those living with cancer is examined and validated.
On Thursday, September 15th, CSC will host a festive grand opening event to gather local luminaries, community partners, supporters and friends in celebration of this achievement. The Institute brings scientific rigor, evidence-based research, as well as established and novel education and training methods together to evaluate, refine, and reinvent resources that the Cancer Support Community and cancer community at-large provide to people affected by cancer. The Institute is already:
- Conducting peer-reviewed research on questions such as how to understand and meet the ongoing social and emotional needs of breast cancer survivors
- Sponsoring thought leader summits on topics including integrated models of community-based support, cancer survivor registries around psychosocial needs, addressing the financial burden of cancer and access to quality cancer care
- Hosting educational retreats for oncology professionals
- Directing state-of-the-art training programs for healthcare professionals
The Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia, an affiliate of the Cancer Support community, lies adjacent to the Institute and has for years been a vibrant resource for Philadelphians coping with a cancer diagnosis. The addition of CSC’s Research and Training Institute now makes this campus in Fairmount Park a destination for the cancer community at large, where patients, caregivers and loved ones can access free support and novel translational research and training help to bridge the gap between traditional research and the implementation of evidence-based programs to the community-at-large.
If you are interested in attending the Grand Opening event on 9/15, please contact Debbie Rosenberg Bush, firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a donation in support of the Institute’s groundbreaking research, please call 888-445-3248 or donate online.