Bethesda, MD 20814
Hope Connections for Cancer Support was founded on the knowledge that people affected by cancer who participate in professionally facilitated support groups, educational workshops and mind/body programs can learn vital skills to regain control, reduce feelings of isolation, and restore hope, regardless of the stage of disease. Research has shown that people with cancer who actively participate in their fight for recovery measurably improve the quality of their lives.
Hope Connections was the dream of Bernie and Bonnie Kogod, who lost a daughter to cancer. They started a family foundation in her name, The Michele Susan Kogod Memorial Fund, which provided a $50,000 seed grant to create a cancer support center. In 2004, the Kogods teamed up with Paula Rothenberg, who had just lost her father to cancer, to begin the process of creating a place where people affected by cancer could come together as a community to connect with and support each other.
Hope Connections incorporated in 2005. Our first Board of Directors was a group of survivors, caregivers and community members passionate about our mission of helping people with cancer and their loved ones deal with the emotional and physical toll of cancer through participation in free, professionally-facilitated programs of emotional support, education, wellness and hope. This dedicated group of people raised the funds necessary to open and sustain the organization. Today, Hope Connections continues to be governed by a dedicated Board of Directors.
Hope Connections opened in March 2007 in Bethesda, Maryland as The Wellness Community – Greater Washington, DC, and has since had more than 35,000 visits to its “home” for people affected by cancer to participate in support groups, educational workshops, mind/body classes and community programs. The organization has a 17-member Medical Advisory Committee, comprised of oncologists and other medical professionals from local hospitals and private practice, who contribute their personal expertise and that of their colleagues through our education programs. We changed our name to Hope Connections for Cancer Support in July 2011.
All programs of Hope Connections for Cancer Support are provided free of charge thanks to the support of many individuals, corporate sponsors and foundations. Our programs are available to anyone affected by cancer regardless of their cancer diagnosis, stage of disease, age, economic status, race, religion, sex or where they receive their medical care.
Hope Connections moved into its new home, Beaumont House at FASEB, on April 1, 2013.