ASHLAND -- The Ashland County Cancer Association's newly renovated space will allow the local nonprofit to further assist individuals who have been afflicted with any form of cancer.
The Ashland County Cancer Association is expected to unveil the modernized facility, located at 1011 East Main St., Suite A in Ashland, in late January.
According to Director of the Ashland County Cancer Association, Angela Woodward, the facility's increased amount space will allow the organization to work one-on-one with their clients.
“The number one benefit to having our new office space is privacy," Woodward said. "When a client comes in, it used to be that we would have to stand with them in the front office and fill out their paperwork.
"Now we have a room our clients can use. We can sit with them; we can pray with them; we can just talk with them and encourage them – whatever they need at that particular moment.”
The updated facility will also provide the Cancer Association with more storage space and an area for event planning.
In 2020, the Ashland County Cancer Association gave away about $110,000 and served roughly 125 clients a month. Anyone suffering with cancer, despite income, can receive services from the local organization.
“We give away about 400 cases of Boost nutritional supplement drinks," said Woodward. "We provide free mammograms to anybody who doesn’t have insurance.
“We also provide travel stipends to and from medical appointments."
If a patient were to travel from Ashland to Columbus for treatment, they would receive a $20 stipend per trip.
The Cancer Association will also reimburse individuals for any medication or medical supplies for cancer-related items if the individual submits their receipt by the 10th day of the month. These items could include wigs, nutritional drinks or wheelchairs.
By the 20th day of the month, the Cancer Association will provide a check that includes the individual’s reimbursement.
During non-COVID times, the Ashland County Cancer Association hosts supports groups and educational classes.
“We’re a very rare organization. There’s only four of us in the state of Ohio," said Woodward. "We are not associated with each other. We all do it a little bit different.”
Besides the Ashland County Cancer Association, the closest similar organization is in Erie, Ohio.
The Ashland-based organization receives its funding through fundraisers, contributions and endowments. It is supported by the Ashland County Community Foundation, the Samaritan Hospital Foundation, the Mohican Area Community Fund and the United Way. The Ashland County Cancer Association receives no national funding and is not affiliated with the American Cancer Society.
Open house for the new office space will be on January 27th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an outdoor ribbon cutting at 2 p.m.
Interested applicants can discover more information about how to get involved by visiting the Ashland County Cancer Association’s website, finding them on Facebook, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (419) 281-1863.