You don’t have to navigate the cancer experience alone.
The Maria Mencia Cancer Caregiver Support Network is here to help.
Caring for a loved one with cancer presents unique challenges, whether your loved one is in the hospital or at home. You don’t have to navigate the cancer experience alone. The Maria Mencia Cancer Caregiver Support Network is here to help.
We are grateful to work in partnership with MidMichigan Health, where our Network office is located. Our Network Coordinator assesses each caregiver’s needs, and then assigns one coach from a team of eight volunteers to give personalized assistance focused solely on the caregiver, free of charge. The team helps caregivers cope with, and balance, the demands and personal toll of being a caregiver.
The Maria Mencia Cancer Caregiver Support Network was founded in honor of Maria Mencia, who lost her battle with cancer in 2007 at the age of 46. Caring for her became her husband’s, Lou, full-time job for the last six months of Maria’s life, while also caring for his children, their home, and trying to meet his own emotional and health needs.
Inspired by his own experience, and to honor Maria’s memory, Lou founded the Network to help others. With only 20+ programs of this kind, we are proud to have made history when in 2009 we became the 2nd founded program in the nation. Since its beginning, the Network has provided information, services, and support to caregivers of persons living with cancer. Our team is committed to carrying on Maria’s memory by continuing to support caregivers in our community.