Unlocking the Power of Support: The American Cancer Society's Lifeline for Cancer Patients [Lori Watts]

Breast Cancer Unleashed

01-01-2024 • 25 mins

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Hosts, Lia and Laila, dive deep into the crucial support and services provided by the American Cancer Society (ACS) for cancer patients. They are joined by Lori Watts, the associate director of development for the American Cancer Society of New Orleans. Lori shares valuable insights into the vast range of programs and resources ACS offers to cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors, shedding light on often-overlooked services that can make a world of difference in their journeys. From lodging assistance and transportation to peer mentoring and mastectomy products, ACS is dedicated to helping individuals facing cancer, ensuring they don't have to go through it alone.

• The Power of Peer-to-Peer Support: The American Cancer Society's Reach to Recovery program connects breast cancer patients with survivors who offer guidance, empathy, and understanding throughout their journey.

• Lodging and Transportation: Learn about ACS's Hope Lodge program, providing free accommodations to cancer patients and caregivers during treatment, as well as the Road to Recovery program, which offers rides to and from treatment centers.

• Mastectomy Products and Aesthetic Support: Discover the TLC (Tender Loving Care) program, where cancer patients can find resources for wigs, hats, scarves, and mastectomy products at reduced prices.

• Accessing ACS Services: Lori emphasizes the importance of visiting cancer.org and calling the ACS helpline at 1-800-227-2345 to access a wide range of cancer-related resources and support services.

About Our Guest:

Lori Watts is the Associate Director of Development for the American Cancer Society of New Orleans and oversees a team that organizes several fundraisers in and around New Orleans raising critical funds to support the work of ACS. Prior to her role as director of development Lori volunteered for the ACS for the gala that is now going into it’s 24th
year in the community and continues to raise funds to support the Hope Lodge, a
free place to stay for cancer patients and their caregivers while undergoing
treatment in the New Orleans area. In her spare time she enjoys traveling to
beach towns along the gulf coast, trying new restaurants, antiquing, yoga and
on any given day you can find her with her dog Bowie somewhere along the levee
or at a nearby park.

Social Media and Websites Mentioned:

American Cancer Society (ACS) https://www.cancer.org/

TLC Direct https://www.tlcdirect.org/

ACS Can Cancer Action Network https://www.fightcancer.org/

By sharing this valuable information, the "Breast Cancer Unleashed" podcast aims to empower individuals affected by cancer and connect them with the support they need, whether it's lodging, transportation, peer mentoring, or aesthetic assistance. The American Cancer Society stands as a beacon of hope and assistance for those on their cancer journey.


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