$2M donation to expand coaching program (Article)

October 6 / 2014

Meghan Hurley, Ottawa Citizen: A $2-million donation Monday to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation will expand its coaching program to help patients navigate through every stage of their diagnosis for the next 10 years.

The cancer coaching offers personalized care by a team of nurses, social workers, kinesiologists, nutritionists and physiotherapists with backgrounds in oncology.

The donation was given by Barbara Crook and Dan Greenberg through the Danbe Foundation.

“It’s not just a concept for us,” Crook said. “We’ve seen it work so well with people that we’re close to.”

Crook’s friend, Beverley Davis, saw a cancer coach after her husband of 42 years was diagnosed with a brain tumour in October 2013.

Davis said she felt paralyzed when her husband, Brian, was told he only had 12 to 15 months left to live.

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