Cancer support group receives $20,000 donation

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Juneau's Southeast Alaska Cancer and Wellness Foundation received a $20,000 donation Tuesday from Nancy Murkowski, wife of U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski.

The donation was part of $250,000 raised by the Murkowskis last summer during the eighth annual Waterfall Fishing Tournament on Prince of Wales Island.

Board member Cynthia Callivroussi said the foundation was started in September 1998 by former Juneau resident Mike Miller.

"He had a vision because of his illness," Callivroussi said. "He felt there wasn't enough support for cancer patients in Southeast."

Since its founding, the group has created a 24-hour telephone line - 796-CARES (2273) - to offer support to cancer patients and others seeking information, and will soon be launching a Web site.

Board member Tish Griffin said the group's four main goals are education, support, resources and awareness, especially of the phone line as a resource in Southeast Alaska.

"When that diagnosis happens, when you're in that panic stage, that's when you need to remember," she said.

The foundation will be sponsoring Cancer Survivor's Day events in June and is working to bring a "Relay for Life" event to Juneau this summer. They also sponsor the Women's and Men's Health Forums.

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