American Association for Cancer Research

Press Releases: 2008

Bringing Resources and Hope to People with Cancer

September 11, 2008

AACR and The Wellness Community partner to provide resources and support

PHILADELPHIA - The American Association for Cancer Research and The Wellness Community are collaborating to combine their respective scientific integrity and extensive educational resources to reach out to cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones.

The AACR, through its survivors and advocates magazine, CR, has partnered with The Wellness Community to produce Surviving and Thriving: Life with Cancer, a series of podcasts exploring the unique issues of cancer survivors and their loved ones.

The series consists of six 10-minute podcasts hosted by Kim Thiboldeaux, president and CEO of The Wellness Community, and CR podcast correspondent Kevin Begos. Each episode features current or former patients, health care professionals, and partners or caregivers sharing their experiences and perspectives on survivorship. Discussion topics include coping with cancer as a couple, survivors giving back to their communities, and the unique obstacles faced by young survivors.

The podcasts series launched Thursday, September 4, with a new episode available every week through October 9 on CR's website, The Wellness Community's website and on iTunes. Following completion, the series will be compiled onto CD and distributed to The Wellness Community locations throughout the country, along with copies of CR.

"CR's goal is to connect all groups of people who are personally affected by cancer, caring for patients or working toward preventing and curing this disease," Gwen Darien, CR's editor-in-chief and founding director of the AACR's Survivor and Patient Advocacy Program said. "The Wellness Community, with its dedication to reaching survivors and their caregivers, is an ideal partner for this series, which will shed light on the array of issues faced by people affected by cancer and arm them with tools to take an active role in their own recovery."

Darien, a non-Hodgkin Lymphoma survivor and frequently sought-after advocate and public speaker, is also one of a select group of advocates, physicians, and researchers speaking on The Wellness Community's new internet radio show, Frankly Speaking about Cancer with The Wellness Community. She will be featured on the September 23 episode to discuss issues faced by cancer survivors after treatment, including the fear of recurrence and developing a survivor care plan. The radio show launches on September 9 and is scheduled to air every Tuesday at 1:00 pm PST/4:00 pm EDT on the VoiceAmericaTM network at

Darien will also be a special guest speaker at a September 24 ‘Survivors Dinner' during The Wellness Community Philadelphia's Celebration of Support Week.

The AACR's Chief Executive Officer, Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), will serve as a panelist during The Wellness Community's inaugural Women's Leadership Breakfast on October 20, 2008 to promote awareness about The Wellness Community and the historic launch of its Cancer Survivorship Research & Training Institute.

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The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is to prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1907, AACR is the world's oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research. The membership includes more than 28,000 basic, translational and clinical researchers; health care professionals; and cancer survivors and advocates in the United States and 80 other countries. AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise from the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer through high-quality scientific and educational programs. It funds innovative, meritorious research grants. The AACR Annual Meeting attracts more than 17,000 participants who share the latest discoveries and developments in the field. Special conferences throughout the year present novel data across a wide variety of topics in cancer research, treatment and patient care. AACR publishes five major peer-reviewed journals: Cancer Research; Clinical Cancer Research; Molecular Cancer Therapeutics; Molecular Cancer Research; and Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Its most recent publication and its sixth major journal, Cancer Prevention Research, is dedicated exclusively to cancer prevention, from preclinical research to clinical trials. The AACR also publishes CR, a magazine for cancer survivors and their families, patient advocates, physicians and scientists. CR provides a forum for sharing essential, evidence-based information and perspectives on progress in cancer research, survivorship and advocacy.

CR was launched by the American Association for Cancer Research in March 2006 to serve an unmet need: a forum for sharing credible, balanced information about cancer and perspectives on the pressing challenges in cancer research today. CR believes that collaboration among members of the cancer community and survivors and those who care for and about them will lead to results in cancer prevention, treatment and care. CR magazine's mission is to strengthen collaboration and communication among cancer survivors, patient advocates, physicians and scientists, with the goal of accelerating the prevention and cure of cancer. CR is published quarterly, with additional special issues each year. Subscriptions are available online at

Founded in 1982, The Wellness Community is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. Through participation in professionally led support groups, educational workshops, nutrition and exercise programs, and stress-reduction classes, people affected by cancer learn vital skills that enable them to regain control, reduce isolation and restore hope regardless of the stage of their disease. The Wellness Community provides such programs free of charge at more than 100 locations worldwide including 24 U.S.-based and two international centers with 73 satellite and off-site programs and online at

Media Contact:
Tracy Middleton