Bay-based foundation launches cancer support website

Friends from the Start committee members, from left, Mike Thies, John Plagens and Shelly Drabik discuss the formation of the foundation's website at a recent advisory committee meeting. There are approximately 40 members that make up the advisory committee.

Friends from the Start Foundation is a non-profit organization created to provide a support system to West Shore residents and their loved ones diagnosed with cancer by connecting them to in-home services, day-to-day assistance, educational resources and cancer-related information via web-based links. The foundation is pleased to announce our new website, created by Professor Zeller and his students at Lorain County Community College.

It is a consolidated website and will continually evolve to better serve as a one-stop shop for those undergoing this arduous journey.

Even during treatment, bills must be paid, homes and lives maintained, meals prepared, chores completed, children cared for and appointments kept. Simply put, life goes on!

Couple this with the rigors of facing cancer, and life can become overwhelming very quickly. FFS hopes to alleviate the stress of juggling these tasks so the patient and their loved ones can focus on managing their cancer journey.

The heart of FFS is a website that connects patients and their loved ones to the following:

  • Educational resources, such as those provided by the American Cancer Society and other cancer-related organizations.
  • Support services, such a the 4th Angel Program and The Gathering Place
  • Local services and suppliers, such as the Village Food Project, as well as business service providers and volunteers focused on addressing areas such as lawn care, housekeeping, legal work, painting, computer assistance, accounting, dog walking, running errands or simply being a friend.

These are some examples of the needs that exist. If you think of others, please let us know. There are no services too large or too small, and all categories will be welcomed!

Please go our website,, to find out more about our foundation, and to register as a service provider or volunteer in our database.

Together we can make a positive impact on people’s lives!

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Volume 4, Issue 17, Posted 10:04 AM, 08.21.2012