Jean Schoen with the Cancer Connection

posted by Jerry Pickering - 

Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio, Inc., is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that was created because of a personal cancer experience. Having realized a need in the community for additional support on behalf of cancer patients and families, this organization was founded in December 2008. We are comprised of volunteers and Board Members who are passionate about assisting others in our community.

Mission – is to ensure a full compliment of support so that no one needs to go through cancer alone.

Vision – is to expand the impact of Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio to other communities through, and development of, new Cancer Connection branches.

Objective – for Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio is to improve outcomes for Northwest Ohio children and adult patients, with specific attention to those patients in distress, under-served, encumbered and late stage aggressive cancers.

We believe it is important to take care of the whole person, and envision cancer patients and their families receiving readily available support and resources that go beyond fighting the disease itself—aid that focuses on taking care of the hearts and minds of those individuals impacted by cancer. We serve all cancers and all ages; our youngest patient was 6 months old.

Since forming in December 2008, we have helped thousands of people through their cancer journey. We continue to research the unmet needs of cancer patients and their families in our community and strive to create the additional programs that fulfill those needs.  We do not compete with any programs already in place; instead we partner with local businesses and other community organizations in order to ensure that all of those affected by cancer are served.  We have created 12 new programs that are unique to our organization and its mission, as well as published 3 children’s books to raise awareness and educate young people about cancer in an age appropriate way that is not frightening.

We have been widely recognized for our collaborative projects, including international recognition in 2014 by the International Reading Association for our published children’s books and local collaboration with the TACIRA to help students learn while helping cancer patients in our community. In 2013, we were recognized with a Prism Award as a young organization making an impact on our community. We were named a 2014 and 2016 Great Nonprofit and our founder and president, Jean Schoen, is a 2015 Jefferson Award Finalist. These recognitions bolster us in our work and encourage us to continue making a difference in our local community and beyond.

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