Founded in 1982 in Santa Monica by Harold Benjamin, Ph.D., the Cancer Support Community-Benjamin Center pioneered the use of psychosocial support to help improve quality of life for people affected by cancer. As the founding facility which began in a little yellow house in Santa Monica, the Cancer Support Community has grown into the largest cancer support organization worldwide with nearly 60 local affiliates and over 100 satellite locations.
This year we are celebrating our 30th anniversary of providing cancer support services to the Los Angeles community. Known for 29 years in Los Angeles as The Wellness Community, in January 2011 we changed our name to Cancer Support Community after a merger in July 2009 of The Wellness Community and Gildas Club Worldwide. Every aspect of our program -- support groups, educational workshops, mind-body programs, individual counseling, and social activities -- is grounded in evidenced-based research that validates effectiveness in diminishing distress and improving quality of life for people with cancer and caregivers.
Mission: The mission of the Cancer Support Community-Benjamin Center is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. All programs and services are provided at no cost to participants.
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