WCH, Whit’s End join to provide cancer support

WCH, Whit’s End join to provide cancer support

Whit’s End Community Place is partnering with Wooster Community Hospital to provide support for those afflicted with cancer. Kat Little, left, is Whit’s End program coordinator while Cathy Ballinger and Sandy Kline are the group’s co-founders.


Wooster Community Hospital and the Wooster Community Hospital Foundation are partnering with not-for-profit organization Whit’s End Community Place to provide free support services for fighters/survivors of cancer and their caregivers. This collaboration ensures cancer fighters/survivors are not only given expert treatment for their illness, but also their caregivers receive compassionate care.

Under this partnership, a cancer support group usually meets on the first Thursday and third Tuesday of every month at 6:15 p.m. in the WCH auditorium. However, during COVID-19, Whit’s End is offering free teletherapy sessions with a licensed social worker. Fighters/survivors of cancer or their caregivers can call program coordinator Kat Little at 330-287-2787 for more information.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Whit’s End. We have been involved with some of their programming since the beginning and have great respect for their sense of passion,” said Bill Sheron, Wooster Community Hospital CEO/president. “This can only enhance the mission of both organizations and benefit our community.”

“We are so excited to cement the foundation of our already great partnership,” said Sandy Kline, a co-founder of Whit’s End Community Place. “This will most certainly provide sustainability and growth to our services for the community. Our missions align, and the partnership makes sense. We love the community and the people we serve, and we do not want anyone touched by cancer to walk alone.”

Cathy Hershey Ballinger is the other co-founder of Whit’s End. “Since the birth of Whit’s End, Wooster Community Hospital has been there for us every step of the way, so it only makes sense to make it official,” she said. “One community with one focus to help people — our motto has always been ‘Hands Held Tight, Together We Fight.’ I cannot think of a better organization to collaborate with and help us fight that fight.”

Whit’s End Community Place LLC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the provision of services and support for those impacted by cancer. Whit’s End will provide emotional support, practical education and hope to all who are touched by cancer, from the point of diagnosis to treatment, advanced disease and survivorship.

For more information visit www.whitsendcancersupport.org.

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