Waterford Place Cancer Support Center
While Rush Copley currently offers many of the latest medical technologies available in fighting cancer, our new cancer resource center, Waterford Place, was designed to provide additional psychosocial support not previously available within the Aurora and Kendall County areas. The center’s programs include individual counseling and group support, exercise, expressive therapies (art, music and movement), mind-body classes/services, massage therapy, wig fitting assistance, dietary consultations and cooking demonstrations, peer socializing, and child-life programming. And, these services are offered in Waterford Place’s warm, welcoming, homelike atmosphere. Individuals and families need these kinds of supportive, non-clinical resources to meet the challenge of a cancer diagnosis — resources and programs that are not typically reimbursed by insurers. Enter the vital role of philanthropy. Generous gifts completely support the operations of Waterford Place.
For instance, a recent grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley underwrote a wireless interpretation system that provides simultaneous interpretation for community education presenters. The system allows our Spanish-speaking participants to benefit from more of the excellent programming offered at Waterford Place. In addition, the grant paid for video equipment to record cooking demonstrations and lectures for later viewing, and to improve viewing for participants in the back of the room.
A grant from Ball Horticultural Company enabled us to launch a horticulture therapy program in 2017. Cancer patients helped plant and nurture crops in four raised planting beds, including herbs, tomatoes, lettuces, carrots, squash, cucumbers, and peppers. Guest speakers addressed the topics of herbs, microgreens, havesting seeds, and more. Participants shared a harvest dinner made from the vegetables they grew. The remainder of the produce was used in cooking demonstrations at Waterford Place that focus on how healthy food choices can alleviate side effects of cancer treatment and lower the risk of cancer recurrence.