Woodcliff Lake, NJ, October 7, 2013- Magnolia Meals at HomeTM, a program that delivers nutritious meals at no-cost to patients living with breast cancer and their families, is now available in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. This novel program launched in May 2012 and has served over four hundred families in New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York and Massachusetts. Cornucopia Cancer Support CenterTM is now joining this unique collaboration among The Eisai Women’s Oncology Program - MagnoliaTM, CancerCare®, Cancer Support CommunitySM and Meals On Wheels Association of AmericaTM (MOWAA), to provide nourishing meals to families affected by breast cancer in Raleigh-Durham.
“At Cornucopia Cancer Support Center, we aim to support the mind, body and spirit of those touched by cancer by providing tools and resources that can help them live life to the fullest,” said Mary M. Lawrence, president and CEO of Durham-based Cornucopia Cancer Support Center. “Proper nutrition is a key element for those undergoing treatment for breast cancer and we are thrilled to offer Magnolia Meals at Home to households affected by the disease to help loved ones spend more quality time together.”
Eligible participants in the program will receive up to 2 monthly home meal deliveries, each of which includes up to 10 meals designed to help meet the nutritional needs of people living with breast cancer, and up to 10 meals for family members, if requested by the participant. In Raleigh-Durham, Cornucopia Cancer Support Center will identify people who meet the established criteria and enroll them in the program. Meals On Wheels of Wake County will reach out to participants to set up meal deliveries, organize a schedule and provide meals to participants’ homes. Eisai employees can volunteer to help deliver the meals to families.
“Families coping with breast cancer often find their daily routines significantly disrupted by the many stressors that accompany a cancer diagnosis,” said Christine Verini, vice president, Corporate Communications and Advocacy at Eisai Inc. “Not only does Magnolia Meals at Home aim to help meet the nutritional needs of households affected by breast cancer, it also helps provide emotional support by enabling loved ones to spend more quality time together, and through interaction with the meal delivery volunteers.”
“Thanks to this innovative transition care program funded by Eisai, Meals on Wheels programs are pleased to be making a significant difference in the lives of people impacted by breast cancer,” said Ellie Hollander, president and CEO of Meals on Wheels Association of America.
Metastatic breast cancer or breast cancer patients are eligible to enroll if they meet at least one of the following criteria*+:
- Currently undergoing chemotherapy, radiation or hormone therapy
- Underwent chemotherapy or radiation therapy in the last 3 months
- Have been discharged from a hospital (admission was cancer related) in the last 3 months
- Receiving adjuvant or neoadjuvant treatment
*This can include men or women diagnosed with breast cancer
+There are no requirements for financial need to participate in the program
In addition to Raleigh-Durham, Magnolia Meals at Home continues to be offered to certain areas in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the areas where it was piloted in 2012. To learn more about enrollment criteria, please visit www.MagnoliaMealsAtHome.com or contact Cornucopia Cancer Support Center, CancerCare or Cancer Support Community directly.
About Eisai Inc.
Eisai Inc. is the U.S. pharmaceutical operation of Eisai Co., Ltd., a research-based human health care (hhc) company that discovers, develops and markets products throughout the world. Headquartered in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, Eisai’s key areas of commercial focus are neurology and oncology. For more information, please visit www.eisai.com/US.
The Eisai hhc mission states that, “we give our first thoughts to patients and their families and to increasing the benefits health care provides.” The Eisai Women’s Oncology Program - Magnolia, fulfills the Eisai hhc mission by placing patients at the center of everything we do. We place a high value on face-to-face interaction and socialization with women living with cancer, giving them a way to address their challenges. More than just a program sponsor, at Eisai our employees are necessary to bring our programs to life.
About Cornucopia Cancer Support Center
Cornucopia nurtures the mind, body and spirit of those journeying with any type of cancer, their families and caregivers through complementary therapies, movement classes, individual and group support, along with information and resources, all in a non-clinical setting. In addition to reaching individuals in the Triangle through on-site services, we also assist individuals throughout the state and nation through two “no border” programs – Peer Connect is a confidential telephone-based peer-to-peer support program that matches individuals with others who have had similar experiences on their cancer journey; and That Cancer Show™ a weekly talk/call-in radio program airing on WPTF 680 AM and WSJS 600 AM that brings experts and participants together to talk about pressing issues about the cancer epidemic.
Cornucopia’s services are provided free of charge to patients, their family and caregivers. Information is available online at www.cancersupport4u.org or by calling 1-919-401-9333.
Founded in 1944, CancerCare® is one of the largest organizations providing comprehensive support services to people affected by cancer. CancerCare helps individuals, families, caregivers and the bereaved cope with, and manage, both the emotional and practical challenges of cancer. All of our services are provided by professional oncology social workers and are offered completely free of charge.
A national, nonprofit 501c(3), CancerCare’s free services include counseling, support groups, educational workshops and resources, programs, such as wig clinics and meditation workshops, and financial and co-pay assistance. To learn more, visit www.cancercare.org or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).
About the Cancer Support Community
The mission of the Cancer Support Community ("CSC") is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. In 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda's Club joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community. The combined organization, with more than 50 years of collective experience, provides the highest quality social and emotional support for people impacted by cancer through a network of 50 licensed affiliates, more than 100 satellite locations, and a vibrant online community, touching more than one million people each year.
Backed by evidence that the best cancer care includes social and emotional support, the Cancer Support Community offers these services free of charge to men, women, and children with any type or stage of cancer, and to their loved ones. As the largest, professionally led, nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the Cancer Support Community delivers a comprehensive menu of personalized and essential services including support groups, educational workshops, exercise, art and nutrition classes, and social activities for the entire family. In 2011, CSC delivered more than $40 million in free services to patients and families. The Cancer Support Community is advancing the innovations that are becoming the standard in complete cancer care. For more information, visit www.CancerSupportCommunity.org.
About Meals On Wheels
The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest national organization representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 states and territories. Collectively, these programs are serving approximately one million meals daily to our nation’s seniors, either by delivering meals directly to the home of a senior whose mobility is limited – commonly referred to as Meals on Wheels – or by providing meals in a group setting, such as those served in a senior center. More than 70 percent of the members of the Association provide both types of services for seniors in their communities. As a national organization and network, Meals on Wheels programs are working together to end senior hunger in America. Visit http://www.mowaa.org, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mowaa or follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/_mealsonwheels.
Important contact information for enrollment in Magnolia Meals at Home
In North Carolina, please contact:
Cornucopia Cancer Support Center
5517 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., #1500 • Durham, North Carolina 27707
In New Jersey and New York, please contact:
Kathy Nugent, LCSW
141 Dayton Street • Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450
Toll-free: 1-800-813-HOPE ext. 6809
In Massachusetts and New Hampshire, please contact:
Jane E. Brown
Cancer Support Community
1050 17th Street, NW • Suite 500 • Washington, DC 20036
Additional contact information
Meals On Wheels Association of America
14 N. Lee Street • Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Toll-free: 1-888-998-MEAL (1-888-998-6325)
100 Tice Boulevard • Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey 07677
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Magnolia™ and Magnolia Meals at Home™ are trademarks of Eisai Inc.
Cornucopia’s logo is a trademark of Cornucopia Cancer Support Center
CancerCare is a registered trademark of CancerCare Inc.
The We Are Meals On Wheels logo is a trademark of the Meals On Wheels Association of America, Inc.
The Cancer Support Community logo is a registered service mark of CSC.
Type Press Release
Date Released October 09, 2013