Nonprofit organizations abound in Howard County and Howard Magazine highlights who they are, what they do and how you can help.
Name: Claudia Mayer
Who: Leslie Rogers, director
Q: What is your mission?
A: The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at
Q: What kinds of programs and services do you provide?
A: We offer a variety of support services to anyone affected by cancer, regardless of where they are treated, and regardless of their ability to pay. We offer:
• Individual, couples and family counseling related to adjustment to and coping with cancer. We also offer a variety of support groups, some of which are centered on an activity.
• A resource library consisting of more than 600 books covering a wide range of cancer-related subjects
• Complementary services, such as
• Two wig salons that also sell a variety of hats and head coverings
• A certified prosthetic specialist available to advise and fit
• A comprehensive directory of local and regional resources for those looking for financial assistance
• Educational seminars
Q: How did the center get its start, and what is the significance of its namesake?
A: The center was founded in 1998 by Lynne Salisbury and Tina Broccolino, and honors their dear friend Claudia Mayer. After watching their girlfriend go through cancer treatment, they longed for a place where their friend and others could get the support, comfort and aesthetic help they needed in a private and nurturing environment. Sadly, Claudia lost her battle with
Q: How many volunteers are part of your organization, and what types of roles do they play?
A: The center currently has 15 volunteers assisting the center in a variety of ways. Some volunteer their time as hair and wig stylists, skin care and aesthetic specialists, mentors, informal group leaders and administrative aides.
Q: How are people referred to the center?
A: I would say that the majority of our referrals come from local
Q: Is there a cost to those who use your services?
A: Many of our services are free. Some of our complementary services have a fee attached, although we work with a variety of foundations that offer financial assistance for these programs.
Q: Any important dates or events planned this fall and winter?
A: Oct. 17: Breast Health Seminar
"You're a Breast Cancer Survivor – Now What?" 6-8 p.m. at the Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia
Share the evening with our experts, and discuss survivorship. Topics will include the newest research on lingering physical, emotional and social aspects. Light refreshments will be served. Presented by Drs. Teji Sastry and Sally Cheston. Visit www.hcgh.org to register.
Nov. 1: Autumn Extravaganza
6-9 p.m., The Fretz Corporation Showroom, 9204 Berger Road, Suite H, Columbia
Event Details: As one of the premier fun and festive events of the season, the 2012 Autumn Extravaganza: Harvest of Hope fundraiser features food by Carrabba's Italian Grill, complemented by fine wines donated by Gus Kalaris of Axios Wines. Enjoy silent and live auctions, raffles, entertainment, DJ Doug, signature jewelry sales and cooking demonstrations throughout the evening. Visit www.hcgh.org/fretz for more information.
Dec. 2: Sixth-annual Celebration of Hope
Symphony of Lights, Symphony Woods, Columbia
A stroll through the Symphony of Lights in Columbia. 4:30-5:45 pm. Open to all who are affected by cancer. This event is free, but registration and tickets are required.