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Highlighting a local resource on World Cancer Day

Today is World Cancer Day, which is recognized internationally on February 4 each year. Globally, 14.1 million people are diagnosed with some form of cancer and 8.2 million people, 4 million of them aged 30 to 69 years, lose their lives to cancer each year. By 2025, that number is expected to rise to 11.5 million deaths out of 19.3 new diagnoses.

With so many people around the world battling cancer, we are fortunate to have a strong support system for individuals and their loved ones, right here in our community, in the form of Cancer Connection, a nonprofit located at 41 Locust Street in Northampton, Mass.

According to their website at, Cancer Connection’s many programs are all free of charge, take place onsite unless otherwise noted, require registration by phone to 413-586-1642, and include:

  • Knitting – “meditative, relaxing, and a lot of fun” –Mondays, 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Clay for Pleasure – “get your mind off things, laugh with others and explore simple techniques for creation” – Wednesdays, 2 to 4 p.m., at Wellspring Neurotherapy in Hadley, Mass.
  • Improvisational Acting – “warm-up exercises, performance games, and basic short-form scene work” – Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Greenfield Savings Bank in Northampton
  • Music & (gentle) Movement – “joyful, upbeat… with a variety of music” – 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Monthly Mindfulness Practice – “practice mindful meditation with others” – first Monday of the month in February, March, and April, 2017, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Health & Vitality Group – “practical and simple ways to care for yourself and create well-being every day” – 2nd and 4th Mondays, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Also offered are confidential support groups in Northampton and Amherst, as well as integrative therapies like acupuncture, Reiki, massage, storytelling, and more, to help support the mind and body while living with a cancer diagnosis.