Hundreds of thousands of individuals are diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States. Along with a cancer diagnosis comes many emotional and physical struggles for an individual and their loved ones. Initially, shock is the response that follows a cancer diagnosis but once that initial shock melts away, the individual is often left with a feeling of being overwhelmed.

The Ashland County Cancer Association focuses on helping those individuals diagnosed with cancer and often eases that feeling of being overwhelmed. The Ashland County Cancer Association, ACCA, is a nonprofit organization that concentrates on serving these particular individuals located in Ashland County. The main goals of the ACCA are to provide financial assistance to these individuals along with serving as a resource for them and their families. Specific ways the ACCA provides financial assistance to cancer diagnosed patients is by helping with the costs of cancer-related medications, travel stipends to and from cancer-related appointments, and medical equipment needed during cancer treatment. Another service provides women of Ashland County that do not possess health insurance, have a family history of breast cancer, or are experiencing issues, to have a mammogram performed at no cost to them.

ACCA provides assistance to many different people in Ashland County including individuals of many age groups, races and financial situations. As a nonprofit organization, most of the funding comes from donations, fundraisers and investments. Partial funding is supported by The United Way of Ashland and The Mohican Area Community Foundation.

Events are frequently held to raise awareness for cancer and our association. Currently we are holding an event that allows children ages 2-13 to color our new logo for the ACCA. The coloring contest is going on through July 31. Coloring pages can be picked up at our office, and other local businesses in Ashland, Nova and Loudonville. Please call for more information, 419-281-1863.

The ACCA hosted its fourth annual rummage sale in early June and it was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who donated items and to all of those who volunteered. Other recent fundraisers that have helped us to raise money are: The British are Coming … Again hosted by Nancy Wasen, The Stoops Bowling Event at Luray Lanes hosted by the Elk’s Lodge, The Dinner and Dessert Auction hosted by the Hillsdale Cancer Crusaders, The O’Bryan’s .5K and The Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser.

Upcoming events include Taste of Ashland on November 15, 2018, (location to be announced), and the Chipotle Dine-In.

Another support that the ACCA receives is through grants. The ACCA has recently received a grant through the Ashland County Community Foundation that allows us to provide a year-long membership to the families of our childhood cancer clients to the Ashland YMCA. The Ashland YMCA very generously covered the cost of these memberships beyond what the grant covered.

If you are interested in donating to the Ashland County Cancer Association in order to help Ashland County cancer patients in need of assistance, you may donate by mailing a check or money order to the Ashland County Cancer Association, 1011 E. Main St., Suite B, Ashland, Ohio 44805; or by visiting http://www.ashlandcancer.org/donations.html. At this website you will find a wish list including products that would be very helpful for the ACCA in aiding their clients in their journey to cancer recovery. Another way to support and bring awareness to this organization is to stop in and purchase a t-shirt for $10, sizes small to extra-large.

If you or a loved one are facing the struggles of a cancer diagnosis please reach out to the Ashland County Cancer Association for whatever support you may need. Along with financial support and nutritional supplements available to clients, our staff is always willing to offer emotional support to cancer patients and their families. Please call us at 419-281-1863 or stop in at 1011 East Main Street, Suite B. We are open Monday through Thursday from 9am to 4pm to aid Ashland County cancer patients and their loved ones.

Taylor Hall is an Ashland County Cancer Association volunteer