WeCAN!, formed in 1996, is a group of trained Volunteer Advocates throughout Mendocino County. We help support and guide women through cancer screening, diagnostic, and treatment services.
The majority of our trained volunteer advocates are cancer survivors, but that is not a prerequisite for participation in the network. Advocates share a commitment to ensure quality care is equally available to all women regardless of income, and with proper respect for differences of culture, lifestyle, and choice.
If you feel you need an advocate, contact us at the Cancer Resource Center of Mendocino County at 1.800.449.6483 or 707.937.3833.
The word "advocate" is from the Latin, "ad vocare", which means "to call". Webster's defines it as "a vocal supporter of any cause".
Volunteer Advocates with the Women's Cancer Advocacy Network (WeCAN!), have a critical role to play as a "vocal supporter" for women in Mendocino County. WeCAN! Volunteer Advocates can
- provide women with information
- refer to community services
- assist in navigating health services
- inform participants about their choices
- promote autonomy
- support and affirm participants' physical and emotional responses
- support and affirm a participant's decision
We have such a wonderful group of Advocates!! Our most recent group attended the May 31- June 1, 2003 training at Fetzer Vineyards.
They are a diverse group of women, each with something unique to offer the group and the CRCMC clients that they serve.
Photo courtesy of Joan Emm Photography
THE WeCAN! VOLUNTEERS TRAINED ON 5/31/03 - 6/1/03 AT FETZER VINEYARDS IN
Back Row, standing from left to right:
Patricia Guiterez: Panelist - Ukiah Valley, Toril Hayden - Ukiah Valley,
Patricia Yanez - North Coast, Mary Jo Wirt - North Coast, Mary Jo Deicke -
South Coast, Kristy Tanguay - North Coast, Peggy Miniclier - Anderson
Valley, Maria Wetzel - North Coast, Carolyn Cooper - North Coast, Dana
Vanderhorst: Panelist - Ukiah Valley, Dianne Menzies - Willits, Carol Deuel
- Willits, Cora Gonzalez - Ukiah Valley, Madelyn McCauley - Willits
Front Row, seated from left to right: Cynthia Copenhagen - Volunteer
Coordinator, Earlene Gleisner - Laytonville, Mimi Johnson - Adminstrative
Assistant Ukiah Office, Sara O'Donnell - Executive Director of the Mendocino
Cancer Resource Center, Nancy Johnson - WeCAN! Inland County Coordinator,
Lillian Hoika - Willits
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