It takes an entire community to support the whole person who is experiencing cancer. These programs and organizations serve those who are in different phases of the cancer journey in Southwest Colorado.
Durango Parks and Recreation CancerFit Program – CancerFit is a program administered through Durango Parks and Recreation which is dedicated to providing cancer survivors (anyone who has ever experienced a cancer diagnosis) with an affordable and empowering exercise program in a healthy, positive environment. CancerFit provides personal trainers with special training to work with clients who are experiencing any phase of cancer. The program is designed to aid in recovery and general fitness, by working on flexibility, cardiovascular and strength training during and after cancer treatments. For more information, visit the Durango Parks and Recreation Activities Guide, as linked above.
American Cancer Society – The American Cancer Society partners with local oncology and community centers to provide cancer patients, their families, and caregivers the assistance they need through cancer resource centers. The centers, which are staffed by dedicated Society volunteers, offer the latest information on the Society’s programs and services, as well as free resources, including wigs. The Durango Cancer Resource Center is located at 65 Mercado, Ste. 233A. Call 970.247.0278 to access their services.
Cancer Coalition of Southwest Colorado – The Cancer Coalition of Southwest Colorado is a nonprofit organization that reaches out to all those who are fighting any cancer by providing gas vouchers for treatment transportation and small grants to help pay for practical, non-medical expenses. Grants are available for individuals who are currently undergoing treatment or have completed treatment in the prior three months. These are available to those who live in Archuleta, Delores, La Plata, Montezuma, or San Juan counties, or who are traveling for treatment at the Cancer Center in Durango, Colorado. Please see the website for current qualification guidelines.
Journey of Hope Fund – To promote early detection of cancer, the Journey of Hope Fund provides free mammograms to women in La Plata, Archuleta, Montezuma, and San Juan counties who cannot otherwise afford them. The goal of the fund is to ensure that all women have access to mammography, regardless of their ability to pay. This program is administered by Mercy Health Foundation at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango. Please link to the website for contact and qualification information.
The Southwest Chapter of Live by Living has a walking and hiking program that offers “Walks along the River” for individuals who are in treatment, post-treatment or who have not exercised for a while. The program will progress to “Hikes in the Woods” for those who have achieved a better level of fitness. To register for a walk, hike or a Live by Living retreat, go to their website here, or visit our community calendar.
Women’s Wellness Connection – The Women’s Wellness Connection is a statewide program administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that provides free breast and cervical screenings and diagnostic testing for eligible women. Women aged 40-65 who are uninsured or underinsured and up to 250% of the federal poverty level qualify. Visit the website to find a provider or to verify eligibility.
WithMyOwnTwoHands – Durango chiropractor Dr. Steph Harris, D.C. has a non-profit organization that brings gentle life-enhancing chiropractic care to children facing cancer treatment throughout Colorado. Dr. Steph’s intention is to bring LIFE and HEALING to this underserved population through the loving touch of gentle chiropractic care. Please link above to contact her about this generous service.
Yoga for Healing with YOGADURANGO – Yoga instructor Michele Lawrence is a certified yoga instructor who is specially trained in therapeutic applications of yoga for cancer, wellness, and recovery. Their instructors are very well versed in restorative yoga for chronic disease. Their classes have been adapted for people who need a little slower pace and extra TLC, and who are in recovery from or living with cancer. Please link to their web site above for a current class schedule.