This holiday season, the Oregon Cancer Foundation (OCF) is thankful for an incredible gift that is allowing us to better serve cancer survivors in our community—new office space!

Our new 2,000-square-foot office on Oakmont Way, in Eugene, originally served as the field office for Chambers Construction, while the company was building the Hyatt Place Eugene hotel at Oakway Center. As that project neared completion, Chambers Construction president and OCF board member Dave Bakke contacted Steve Korth at McKay Investment Company, which owns the office space.

“I asked him what he was going to do with the space after we left,” Dave says. “He told me they had no plans for it, so I asked if he would be willing to donate it to the foundation. Steve took a short pause and then said, ‘Absolutely.'”

McKay Family Investments gifted OCF the office space rent-free for two years, giving OCF our first brick and mortar home. Chambers Construction generously donated time and materials to spruce up the space, installing new carpet and giving the walls a fresh coat of paint.

“This project aligns perfectly with our company’s core purpose, which is to build things that are important in people’s lives. Providing this space to the foundation is going to allow OCF to help more people in more ways,” Dave says.

The new OCF office is in a convenient location and offers plenty of parking. Executive Director Amy Johnston says she couldn’t be more grateful for this incredible gift.

“The office includes a large open space that is perfect for classes and support groups. We will be able to serve more patients with more programs and resources. This is more than we could have ever hoped for,” she says.

New space brings new classes and support groups
Beginning in January 2019, Oregon Cancer Foundation will offer new support opportunities for cancer survivors and caregivers at its office, located at 2296 Oakmont Way in Eugene:

Coffee, Tea & Cancer
When: Second Thursday of the month
Time: 9:30 am – 10:30 am
This group is for anyone diagnosed with cancer, at any stage of their journey.

Alumni Support Group
When: Second Monday of the month
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
This group is for anyone who has attended Oregon Cancer Foundation’s Survivorship Series in the past.

Breast Cancer Support Group
When: Second Wednesday of the month
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
This group is for anyone who has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer, at any stage: newly diagnosed, undergoing treatment, and survivorship. All are welcome.

GYN Support Group
When: Fourth Wednesday of the month
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
This group is for anyone who has been diagnosed with any form of gynecological cancer, at any stage: newly diagnosed, undergoing treatment and survivorship. All are welcome.

I finished treatment, now what?
Registration is now open for OCF’s Winter and Spring Survivorship Series, a 10-week series of classes that provide information and support to manage the challenges that arise after cancer treatment.

Over the course of 10 evening sessions we will feature a variety of topics including:

  • Understanding how relationships are impacted while on the cancer journey.
  • Learning how to eat and exercise to help stay healthy and reduce risk of recurrence.
  • Managing anxiety about cancer returning, sadness, depression and other emotions.
  • Exploring mindfulness, meditation, spirituality and other forms of self-care and healing.
  • Discussing cognitive and behavioral strategies to increase well-being and resiliency.
  • Learning about integrative care and alternative healing methods, such as naturopathy, acupuncture, massage and other complementary approaches and how they can improve your cancer journey.

Winter Survivorship Series
When: Every Tuesday, starting Jan. 15 – March 19
Time: 6:00 pm
This series of classes is free to attend, but registration is required. Learn more and sign up here.

Spring Survivorship Series
When: Every Thursday, starting April 4 – June 6
Time: 6:00pm
This series of classes is free to attend, but registration is required. Learn more and sign up here.

Supporting survivors when they need it most
Patient assistance is the core of Oregon Cancer Foundation, providing stopgap funds to patients undergoing cancer treatment in Lane County. Patients can apply for assistance by calling 541-632-3654, or emailing amy@oregoncancerfoundation.org