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Survivorship program for teen cancer patients
by Tribune Staff
Apr 05, 2012 | 1091 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation launched a new program called Inspire on April 1 for adolescents and young adults who have survived childhood cancer and those who are still undergoing cancer treatments.

The opportunity to attend camps and courses, which are tailored to the ages of these survivors to learn about the cancer journey and provide support for moving beyond cancer, will be provided throughout the region. Inspire also will offer a counseling component to address each survivor’s emotional and psychological needs during this stage of their life. Finally, the program will give scholarships to five students based on an application and eligibility requirements to help them on a path toward a successful career.

The program was developed with the assistance of University of Nevada, Reno senior Melissa Neu, who is completing her bachelor’s degree with a community health science major. One of her program requirements is to complete a field study for which she must give 100 hours of community service and give a presentation about the program. Neu said she plans to go into health-related nonprofit work and felt NNCCF was a good fit for her.

The Inspire program is funded through grants and individual donations. Founding NNCCF board member Renate Neumann and her husband, Peter, believe in this new program and graciously gave $5,000 to kickstart Inspire.

Families who would like more information about this program or would like to donate can visit the NNCCF website at www.nvchildrenscancer.org or contact NNCCF at 825-0888.
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