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The Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County is a grassroots organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for those in Mendocino County faced with cancer.!

The Cancer Resource Centers is completely financed through donations and grants. Our funders and donors make it possible for our services to be provided at no cost from offices located in Mendocino and Ukiah. Giving to the Cancer Resource Centers helps us help others!

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Big River Walk & Paddle

Please join us at Big River State Beach in Mendocino on October 25th, 2014 at 9:00 am for the 15th Annual Big River Walk & Paddle. Please call 937-3833 for more information. We are encouraging the participation of teams of any kind. Your book club, your group of neighbors, your wacky friends ( think Bay to Breakers zaniness!). Download pledge sheet then Buy Tickets!

The Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County’s Patient Navigation program provides cancer patients, cancer survivors, and the circle of family and friends who support them the information and support they need to understand and manage diagnostic and treatment options, surmount financial and logistic hurdles, and maintain their family and professional life while undergoing treatment. As one of only two stand-alone centers between Marin County and the California-Oregon border, CRCMC’s services are a vital resource for Mendocino County residents. Ask us how we can help you today.
Consultation Planners help our clients prepare for an upcoming medical appointment by working with them to organize and prioritize questions and concerns they may have. Consultation Recorders accompany our clients to the appointment and facilitate the session with the doctor to ensure that the client has all questions and concerns addressed and understands the information that is dispensed.
In cooperation with the Community Foundation’s Foster Fund, CRCMC works with paitents who are undergoing treatment away from their hometown to help them access transportation and lodging services. We understand the financial burden placed on families who need to travel to access critical medical services. Let us help you ease that burden.
We offer a collection of the latest books, audio and video tapes on a variety of subjects related to health and cancer. Books may be checked out for two weeks. Ask our patient navigatiors if they have any titles to recommend!
We offer support groups for men and women through both offices. To learn more about the times and dates, please visit support group listings or events.
The Cancer Resource Centers is completely funded through donations and grants. Our funders and donors make it possible for our services to be provided at no cost from offices located in Mendocino and Ukiah. Make a donation today!
A book in our lending library.

A book in our lending library.

We sponsor a variety of support groups located in Mendocino, Fort Bragg, and Ukiah.Our offices house up-to-date lending libraries on subjects such as diagnosis specific information, stress management, relaxation, nutrition, and personal stories from people facing cancer. We provide referrals to community resources. We offer our clients hats, wigs, breast prosthesis, and bras. Our medical consultation support services include:

  • Assistance in preparing questions for medical appointments
  • Accompaniment to medical appointments
  • Audio recording services and written summarization of the appointment
Around a table in a house in the woods, the first ideas sprang forth to provide our communities with access to cancer-related services. We were women living with cancer who had sought information and resources and found there was no one place to go to locally. With this very real need in mind, we worked hard, formed a board and opened our doors in the summer of 1995 in an alley way in a room off a garage. We became the first non facility- based cancer resource center from Marin County to the California-Oregon border. Today, over eighteen remarkable years later, CRCMC has become a central, depended-upon, absolutely essential part of our rural community, not only for people who have cancer but for the community as a whole. The Centers has grown beyond our wildest imaginings. So too has the spread of cancer; some are healing , some have died. More and more of us are touched. Our hope is that someday our work will not be needed, that prevention will be foremost on the minds of research funders, governments and citizens of the world, and that the Precautionary Principle will be in place globally. Until then we will continue serving. Thank you friends, for allowing us to do just that.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

One of our Ukiah volunteers sorts  bras for clients, 2008

One of our Ukiah volunteers sorts
bras for clients, 2008

Volunteers are Vital to our Organization! If you are in any town around the county it may be a good thing to hear that business is booming, but in our business it implies that there is someone is our community who needs help. We always need more volunteers to staff the office. We provide training, you provide time and compassion. Below is a list of jobs for which we need more volunteers to provide a variety of services. For more information, call CRCMC or fill out the Volunteer Form and Confidentiality Form, located here, and mail them in. Remember, many hands make light work. All of these jobs can be done by more than one person. Even if you cannot volunteer on a regular basis, let us know your schedule and we’ll work with you. If you are interested in volunteering for driving, please print out the Drivers Volunteer Enrollment Form and Drivers Confidentiality Form, located here, and mail them to CRCMC, Volunteer Application, P.O. Box 50, Mendocino, CA, 95460.

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Have you been diagnosed with cancer?

Dealing with cancer can leave you clammy cold with dread at one moment and filled with hope the next. Sometimes you may want to hide your head in the sand and let the world go by. You may obsess on the Internet searching for all the answers you can find, or hole up, read mysteries and eat chocolate.You may feel sad confused, or overwhelmed. You may want lots of company or for people to leave you alone. At times you may want to take charge of your own health care and at other times wish someone would make decisions for you. If you have felt some of these things, you are not alone. All this and much more can be part of the roller coaster a person with cancer may experience. You are not alone. Each year, in Mendocino County, 450-500 people are diagnosed with cancer. Most people have a family member, friend, or acquaintance who has or has had cancer. We are fortunate to have the excellent support services of the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County, with offices in Mendocino and Ukiah. The staff and volunteers will answer your questions, give you informational booklets and books, help you plan for appointments, and provide support for you during this difficult time. We know how important imformation and support are. Call us!