Cancer support groups scheduled to meet

The American Cancer Society has a number of free support groups for cancer patients, families and friends.

These groups meet in various locations in the region on a regular basis and each is led by a cancer survivor who knows firsthand how it feels to deal with cancer.

Officials say talking to someone who has been in a similar situation provides emotional support.

These groups give each person the chance to discuss their cancer openly and learn how others dealt with their cancer.

The American Cancer Society has support groups for people with breast, colorectal or prostate cancer. Many of those who attend have survived cancer for five years, 10 years or longer.

Most support groups meet in every county in Ohio on a monthly basis.

To find out about the types of groups and when they meet, call the American Cancer Society toll free anytime day or night at 1-800-ACS-2345.

Panic and anxiety program offered

A program geared to help anyone who suffers from panic, anxiety and agoraphobia is being offered in Stow. Officials say they will teach people how to control panic attacks and anticipatory anxiety and learn how attitudes and current thoughts affect panic and anxiety.

Programs take place Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m.

For more information, call 732-940-9658.

Cancer society plans

for inaugural event

The American Cancer Society recently announced its plans for an inaugural event called Pan Ohio Hope Ride, a Cleveland to Cincinnati bicycle tour that will raise awareness and funds for its Hope Lodges in the two cities.

The four-day, noncompetitive, multistage tour will start at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Aug. 9 and finish at Yeatman's Cove on the Cincinnati riverfront Aug. 12.

"Our Hope Lodges have helped cancer patients from neighboring states and almost every county in Ohio by providing warm, caring, no-cost places to stay near leading cancer-fighting medical centers," said Don McClure, CEO of the American Cancer Society's Ohio Division. "It will be fitting for this tour to reach so many of those counties by following the Ohio to Erie Trail through some of the most beautiful stretches of the state."

Participating cyclists will travel 300 miles between the two cities with overnight stops at the College of Wooster, Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware and Antioch College in Yellow Springs.

Each cyclist pledges to raise $2,650 to participate in the full Cleveland to Cincinnati route. In addition, riders also can participate in the one-day Finale Ride with a fundraising pledge of $650. The Finale Ride on Aug. 12 will travel from Yellow Springs to Cincinnati.

Participants can sign up or learn more by visiting cancer.org/hoperide.

The ride is capped at 600 participants.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives from cancer and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

For more information, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.