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  • Meet Carly Smitherman
    Dietitian Carly Smitherman provides cooking classes and food demonstrations to Waterford Place participants to encourage them to live healthier lifestyles through healthier eating. Learn more about Carly.
  • Meet Geralyn O’Brien
    When Geralyn O’Brien was diagnosed with breast cancer, she promised herself that, if she survived, she would find ways to give back to those facing a cancer diagnosis. It was the start of a new career for her- as an oncology-focused esthetician. Read more.
  • Esthetician Competes in Skin Games
    Geralyn O’Brien, a licensed oncology-focused esthetician and cancer survivor, is competing in the Skin Games – a professional platform for licensed skin care providers – for the chance to win up to $20,000 for Waterford Place. View her application video.
  • Meet Judy Siek
    Yoga and Movement Specialist Judy Siek believes that exercise is the key to physical and emotional health and can help cancer patients feel better. Learn more about her.
  • Organize Your Medical Bills
    Medical bills can be a source of stress for many cancer patients. Organizing them can help reduce the sense of being overwhelmed. Learn how with these tips from Omar Ramos.
  • Meet Omar Ramos
    From providing tours to offering financial resource consultations to Waterford Place participants, Omar Ramos focuses on helping people. Learn more about him.
  • Making Presents for Patients
    Waterford Place looked a lot like Santa’s workshop on December 5 when 50 people attended the Presents for Patients program to make gifts for the cancer patients in their lives. Stations were set up so each person could make nine different gifts, including ornaments, body butter or face oil, hand warmers, decorated cookies, holiday cards, charm bracelets, boxes of hope and love, and bath salts. All supplies and instructions were provided. In total, approximately 450 gifts were made. The evening also included snacks, hot chocolate and live holiday music performed by members of the Aurora Community Concert Band. Thank you to the volunteers and donors who helped make this night possible. Donors included Fruitful Yield of Oswego and Sam’s Club in Montgomery as well as Waterford Place staff, providers and volunteers.
  • Earthmover Credit Union, Luse Technologies Donate to Waterford Place
    Thank you to employees of Earthmover Credit Union and Luse Technologies for their recent donations to Waterford Place.
    Helping to fulfill the cancer resource center’s wish list, employees from Earthmover Credit Union played Santa and delivered $1,000 in supplies to Waterford Place. Employees at Luse Technologies in Aurora raffled off a pink Chicago Bears helmet autographed by football great Dick Butkus to raise funds for Waterford Place. Through the raffle, employees raised $200, which was then matched by their employer – adding up to a generous donation of $400. Thank you so much to both companies and their employees!
  • Cancer Patient Becomes Advocate for Waterford Place
    After doctors successfully treated her cancer, Mary Latta was searching for something to help her move forward with her life. Less than three years later, she has become one of Waterford Place’s biggest advocates and influencers. Read Mary's story.
  • Linda Holmes, Stephanie Kifowit Visit Waterford
    State Senator Linda Holmes called Waterford Place a “treasure” and State Representative Stephanie Kifowit said it is “ideal for the body and soul” after touring the facility in November. Read more.
  • LGBTQ Psychosocial Oncology Community Needs Assessment Report
    Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center conducted a community needs assessment of the psychosocial oncology support needs of individuals identifying as sexual minority (LGBTQ+). Read the report.
  • Two Girls and a Pink Bicycle
    High school student Francesca had a pink bicycle that she treasured throughout her childhood. Nine-year-old Iliana had cancer for the first four years of her life. A pink bike brought them together.
  • Big Pink Volleyball Event Benefits Waterford Place
    Waubonsee Community College students, faculty and staff put the fun in fundraiser with their third annual Pink Volleyball event to raise funds for Waterford Place.
  • Thank You, Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation
    Representing the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation, Dan Mercer recently presented a $5,000 check to Waterford Place. Thank you for your support!
  • Skin Care for the Cancer Patient
    Geralyn O’Brien, licensed and oncology-focused esthetician, Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center, responds to some of the most frequently asked questions about skin care for the cancer patient.

  • Bunco Event Raises Funds, Awareness
    A recent evening of bunco and raffles netted nearly $5,000 to support Waterford Place and resulted in increased awareness of our programs as well. The May 15 event was nearly sold out, with approximately 60 people in attendance, mainly community members who had never been to Waterford Place. The fundraiser was organized by three members of the Advisory and Development Council who reached out to the business community for sponsorships and raffle donations. Organizers were Geralyn O’Brien, a licensed esthetician who provides oncology facials and teaches Simply Beautiful Skin class at Waterford Place; Sandy LaBianco Brown, a Reiki master and certified vibrational sound therapist at Waterford Place; and Terri Ferris, a breast cancer survivor and participant.

  • Golf Tournament raises $270,000 to benefit Waterford Place
    Rain may have dampened the ankles of the 112 golfers participating in the 23rd annual Rich Harvest Classic, but not their spirits, as this year’s fundraiser was the most successful ever, raising $270,000 to benefit Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center. Read more-->

  • Grant to Provide Support to Minority and Low-Income Breast Cancer Patients at Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center

  • Susan G. Komen® Chicago recently awarded nearly $50,000 to be used by Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center to benefit low-income and minority breast cancer patients. Read more-->