The Vermont Cancer Support Network
The Vermont Cancer Survivor Network (VCSN) is a 501(C)3, not-for-profit, organization founded by Vermont cancer survivors in 2007. In 2018, VCSN adopted a new name: Vermont Cancer Support Network.
Timeline for the Vermont Cancer Support Network
- Created in 2005 as a committee to implement the Vermont State Cancer Plan strategies for cancer survivorship
- Created by and for cancer survivors and caregivers to improve the quality of life for Vermont cancer survivors
- Developed a focus group study of Vermont cancer survivors in 2006
- Incorporated as a not-for-profit charitable organization in 2007
- Developed and instituted pilot study for Kindred Connections, a peer-to-peer support program in Washington and Orleans counties in 2007
- Refined Kindred Connections program and introduced in two new areas in 2008
- Developed and participated in the Cancer Survivor Community Study, a National Cancer Institute funded research project with the University of Vermont, 2008-2011. This first-of-its-kind study created a Vermont cancer survivor registry and a survey of unmet needs for cancer survivors.
- Kindred Connections provides peer to peer support and is available across the state of Vermont.