Dear Cancer Support Community Friend,
 
Have you seen our 2017 Year in Review ? The fact that last year CSCVVSB served more than 2,300 people affected by cancer fills me with hope. Hope that we can serve even more people this year. Hope that the thousands of people who participate in CSCVVSB programs will find friendship to replace isolation, peace to replace anxiety, and answers to replace questions.
 
The information in our Year in Review is more than a collection of numbers. It is a reminder that every group meeting, every dollar donated, and every volunteer hour counts.

As always, thank you for being part of our community.

Sincerely,
Andrea Roschke, CPA
Chair, CSCVVSB Board of Directors
HOW TO SAVE 50% ON HOLIDAY HOMES TOUR TICKETS!
Calling all Early Birds! Get your Dec. 1 & 2 Holiday Homes Tour Tickets on Conejo Deals and save 50% until September 13 . Details here .

And check out these easy ways to help us make our signature fundraiser a success:

Sponsorship and program book ads are a fantastic way to raise awareness for your business and show your commitment to community service. We have levels to fit all budgets. Learn about sponsorships here . Browse last year's program book and learn about advertising options here .

Are you a musician or singer? You have the power to make our event a magical experience by lending your talents for the weekend. Please contact Thelma Starr at sfvarts2@yahoo.com or (818) 591-0619 to volunteer as a performer.

We need volunteers! It takes lots of elves to make our Holiday Homes Tour work, and we would love to add you to our team. Learn more and sign up here .
FACES OF GIVING: BECKY AND MOLLY BUCK
If you happened to attend the Holiday Homes Tour back when it started in the early 1990s, you may have seen two young sisters handing out shoe covers or volunteering as docents. As the tour gained momentum and popularity over the next quarter century, those teens grew up along with it, volunteering their time each year in service of people affected by cancer in our community.

This year is no different for Becky and Molly Buck. Both sisters are serving on the Holiday Homes Tour committee, Becky as Marketing Chair and Molly as Raffle and Opportunity Coordinator.

As if volunteering many hours on the committee wasn't enough, the Buck sisters attend the Tour and accompanying Holiday Boutique every single year, bringing clients and friends to encourage them to make it an annual tradition, too.
 
"We make a day of it," says Becky, who is Director of Operations for Los Robles Homecare Services, Inc . "We dress up in our festive holiday attire, take them out for breakfast, tour the homes, and then go shopping at the Boutique."


CHECK OUT OUR NEW PROGRAMS
Gynecological Cancer Support Group
1st and 3rd Fridays at CSCVVSB, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. Registration required: 805.379.4777

September is Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month, and CSCVVSB now offers a support group exclusively for women affected by this type of cancer, facilitated by Peggy Johnston, MA, LMFT (pictured). "Women come together with their stories, not just about treatment, but also how the cancer has changed their lives," says Peggy, who has been a CSCVVSB facilitator for nearly 20 years. "They also discuss new treatments, trials, doctors, and how cancer has affected their family and friends. I would encourage women to join not only for the information but also for the connection with others who are really there for one another."

About the Facilitator
Originally from the Boston area, Peggy Johnston moved to California when her husband Tom was transferred in 1965. They raised four children in Northridge and moved to Thousand Oaks after the earthquake to be closer to their five grandchildren. Peggy loves to travel, golf, and garden. After reading about CSCVVSB (then called The Wellness Community) in the newspaper, Peggy was so impressed with the community that she joined the team. A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she has been facilitating CSCVVSB support groups for nearly 20 years.
OPEN HOUSE! Kids & Teens Circle
Wednesday, October 3, 5:30-7pm at Rose Goldwater Community Center, 21710 Vanowen St, Canoga Park (Adjacent to Westfield Topanga Shopping Center). RSVP 805.379.4777.

You're invited to learn about our new Kids and Teens Circle in Canoga Park! Meet our facilitator and participants, see activity demonstrations, and learn about this support group for children and teens with a family member who has or had cancer. Learn more here .
New Monthly Workshop: Creative Journaling
1st Tuesday of each month, 6-7pm at CSCVVSB, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. RSVP 805.379.4777 or sign up online .

Studies have shown that journaling can increase not only emotional, but also physical wellbeing. Join award-winning children's author Barbara Bietz, M.Ed to learn journaling techniques and use your creative energy to express thoughts and feelings on the page. No writing experience necessary!
CANCER SUPPORT BY THE NUMBERS: 2017 IN REVIEW
We are excited to share our 2017 Year in Review with you! Last year, CSCVVSB provided:
  • Cancer support programs to 2,317 people
  • 786 support group sessions
  • 777 exercise and mind/body classes
  • 393 counseling sessions

If you are a staff member, board member, volunteer, or donor, you helped make this possible. We are truly grateful for your contribution to our community.

If you are a participant, we look forward to continuing to provide a comforting place for people affected by cancer to find friendship, support, knowledge, and hope.


SPECIAL EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS
Look Good Feel Better , Monday, September 10, 6-8pm. Register online or call 800.227.2345.
Thursday, September 13 & 20, 4-5:30pm.
Register online or call 805.379.4777.
Thursday, September 27, 12-1:30pm.
Register online or call 805.379.4777.
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Paint the Town Pink , Tickets on sale now!
Event will be held Tuesday, October 2, 6-8pm, The Oaks Mall
Wednesday, October 3, 5:30-7pm.
Register online or call 805.379.4777.