The Vermont Cancer Support Network
Vermont Cancer Support Network (VCSN) is a 501(C)3 not-for-profit organization founded in 2007 by Vermont cancer survivors. Originally known as Vermont Cancer Survivor Network, VCSN adopted its new name in 2018.
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.
- Established the Sally Fox Memorial Fund in 2014 to distribute gas cards to Vermonters who travel long distances for cancer treatment.
- Sponsored a statewide conference in 2016: Expanding Cancer Care: Exploring Choices in Complementary and Integrative Medicine
- With a generous grant from Vermont Community Foundation, in 2016 established a comprehensive cancer-related resources list on the VCSN website, accessible to anyone at any time.
- In 2018:
- Kindred Connections provides peer support and is available across the state of Vermont.
- We continue to distribute gas cards.
- We are organizing public education programs on medical marijuana and therapeutic cannabinoids.
- We are implementing a process to regularly update the online resources list.