Cancer treatment ends, and… life goes back to normal?
For cancer survivors, particularly those who live outside of major treatment centres in Alberta, that is rarely the case. Post-treatment, many women find themselves adjusting to a new normal with minimal support and a lack of resources in the rural communities they call home.
Like all of you, we watched in horror as George Floyd was murdered by police in Minneapolis last week. It was a tragedy that should never have happened and could have easily been prevented.
Over the last week, we have stepped back and allowed space for Black voices to be heard and for the important civil rights movement taking shape right now to grow. We did not post a black screen or quickly throw together a statement. Instead, we took time to listen and learn.
Sorrentino’s Restaurant Group has been involved with Compassion House Foundation since the beginning—so much so that our main service, Sorrentino’s Compassion House, is named in recognition of the leadership support of the Rago and Saccomanno families and their Sorrentino’s Restaurant Group of companies.
On August 1, 2019, the Compassion House Foundation Board of Directors and staff welcomed Michelle Okere as the new CEO. Michelle brings to the role extensive experience in fund development, marketing and communications; national, provincial and municipal advocacy and stakeholder relations; strategic and operations planning; and human resources.
On July 14, 2017 I found a lump on my left breast, and just two days later I met with my family physician, scheduled a mammogram, ultrasound and bone scan, and then waited for results.
With one night to go before my life would change forever, I sat in my garage, eyes blurred over with emotion, body numb and heart heavy. I noticed a pile of dirt that had been swept up. In the pile, a rubber wrist band. Stamped on the band…Drop Every Fear. In an instant my heart slowed down, my eyes cleared, and a smile fell upon my face. Things were going to be ok.
Every Sunday I step into Sorrentino’s Compassion House I am greeted by something that fills my heart with joy. Many afternoons it is the friendly housekeeping staff with the sweetest smile, some afternoons it is the ladies mingling over tea, and today it is the tranquility of a peaceful home.
Each year former guests are invited to attend Compassion House Foundation’s former guest retreat. The retreat serves as a reunion and a safe space for learning new ideas and tools to improve life after cancer.
With the generous support of Syncrude, we are able to offer a second retreat weekend this year. On the weekend of September 9 - 11, 2016 attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an arts focused retreat.
Fashion with Compassion 2016 – Public Relations/Media Support
The Opportunity Compassion House Foundation invites creative, resourceful, organized and connected companies to submit a proposal for the public relations and media aspects for Fashion with Compassion 2016.
About Compassion House Foundation & Fashion with Compassion
We’ve teamed up with 29 Second Cup locations in Edmonton, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove and Grande Prarie to raise funds to support the operation of Sorrentino's Compassion House. Cup of Compassion made its debut in 2004 and the funds raised support the operation of Sorrentino's Compassion House, ensuring women who must travel to Edmonton for cancer treatment have a safe and affordable place to stay.