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JDCF OPENS LIBRARY AT FRENCH HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER
FRENCH HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER - Hearst Cancer Resource Center
1911 Johnson Avenue
San Luis Obisbo, CA 93401
On Friday, April 4, the Hearst Cancer Resource Center opened its doors to an invitation-only Grand Opening Celebration. This VIP event drew more than 100 attendees who enjoyed inspirational and personal speeches from Tom Vendegna, M.D., Steve Hearst, San Luis Obisbo Supervisor Jerry Lenthall, San Luis Obisbo Mayor Dave Romero and others. A highlight of the celebration was the unveiling of a beautiful donor monument featuring the names of significant donors. The following day, the HCRC welcomed more than 100 community members who toured through the center while learning about its purpose and programs.
The HCRC is a collaborative effort bringing existing community groups such as the American Cancer Society, Cancer Connections, Enhancement, Inc., and the Wellness Community under one roof to provide cancer support and education to our community. The services at the HCRC are completely free to the San Luis Obisbo County community. The HCRC was conceptualized by Dr. Vendegna after his personal battle with cancer. French Hospital Medical Center first received the seed money to create the center from members of the Hearst family. Since then, more donations have been given including $1 million from the Hearst Foundation towards a $4 million endowment fund that will allow the center to be funded indefinitely. From the artwork on the walls, to the wigs and hats, the HCRC is completely funded through donations. A gift received just days before the opening was a multi-media library now named the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Resource Library. The library gives cancer patients and their loved ones access to the latest cancer related books, videos, periodicals, computers and research assistance.
JDCF OPENS CANCER RESOURCE LIBRARY AT USC/NORRIS
USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
1441 Eastlake Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
When Jennifer Diamond was diagnosed with appendiceal carcinoma, a rare form of appendix cancer, she and her family found it extremely hard to access information about her disease. After Jennifer passed away at age 30, her parents - Alice and Harvey Diamnd - vowed to help others by providing resources to cancer patients and their families.
On June 5, 2008, the Diamond's promise was realized at the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center with the formal opening of the Patient Educationand Outreach Center and Jennifer Diamond Cancer Resource Library. The library is the sixth of its kind to be funded by the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation, a fundraising and outreach organization created by Jennifer during her illness.
The library is housed at the Patient Education and Outreach Center, a state-of-the-art cancer resource facility of the Cancer Center devoted to patients, their families and community members seeking information about cancer. With support from the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Cancer Information Services, the center also performs outreach activities and conducts informational programs relevant to the communities it serves.
The center also features computers, reference books, printers, DVDs and Internet access. In addition to manual and computerized information, the center has live phone help with specialized counselors with training from the NCI, a patient navigation information system and trained volunteers to assist with access to cancer-related resources.
"We not only have scientific and medical experts here; we also have dedicated volunteers; we have very experienced health educators and health promotion specialists, and we have very experienced cancer patients who want to give back," said Diana Chingos, chair of the Cancer Survivorship Advisory Council.
The Jennifer Diamond Cancer Resource Library is located on the ground level of the Harlyne J. Norris Cancer Research Tower. Level G, Suite 501. It is open daily from 10 am to 3 pm and is staffed by volunteers and USC/Norris staff.
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