(Lawrence, MA) – The American Cancer Society and Greater Lawrence Family Health Center will present I Can Cope, a series of workshops for people with breast cancer, their families, and friends, on the second and fourth Friday of every month, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, at GLFHC, 34 Haverhill Street in Lawrence. I Can Cope workshops will be conducted in Spanish and are free and open to anyone affected by cancer, but registration is required. Those interested in attending should register by calling Sylvia Cata at 978-689-6597.

Patients and their family members, caregivers and friends are invited to attend I Can Cope to network with other cancer survivors and learn how to cope with the cancer experience. Participants can share their concerns with others having similar experiences and will learn ways to cope with the challenges that arise from a cancer diagnosis.

«Living with cancer is one of the greatest challenges a person can face in the course of a lifetime,» noted Blanca Figueroa, American Cancer Society Community Executive for Cancer Control. «The more patients know about what is happening during cancer diagnosis and treatment, the better equipped they are to handle the experience.»

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center is one of more than 900 community health centers providing medical care in isolated and impoverished areas across the country. GLFHC provides primary health care to 43,000 patients from Lawrence and the neighboring communities of Haverhill, Andover, North Andover, Methuen, Tewksbury, and Salem, New Hampshire. GLFHC operates four neighborhood clinics in Lawrence, two school-based health centers, and the only federally funded Health Care for the Homeless program in the Merrimack Valley. Since its creation in 1980, GLFHC has dramatically improved community health; lowered overall health care costs, and provided accessible health care to an underserved population.

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