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 all volunteer American Cancer Society Resource Center is located in Three Springs at 65 Mercado, Ste. 233A. Call 800.227.2345 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.
Cancer Resource Alliance – The Cancer Resource Alliance (formerly known as the Women’s Cancer Coalition) has been serving Montezuma and Dolores counties by reaching out to those in our community with cancer. Their mission started out as helping with the fight against breast and reproductive cancers in women, but they have expanded their mission to include providing assistance to any resident in their area who has had a recent cancer diagnosis.
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 | Centura Medical Center in Durango. Please link to the website for contact and qualification information.
The Southwest Chapter of Live by Living a hiking program that offers local hikes and retreats for individuals who are in the different phases of their treatment or post-treatment survivorship journey. To register for a Live by Living hike or 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.