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CANCER-PATIENTS ASSOCIATION of LARISA
The aim of our association is to sensitize the general public to the cancer disease, to help its prevention, to promote prompt diagnosis, to support psychologically and socially the patients, the members of their families and their carers and to promote the better life quality and the rights of cancer patients. In this framework various actions are included which are carried out either by our Association and its members alone or in co-operation with other bodies, organizations and groups.
Our Association was founded on 6/4/2006 and consists of over 450 members.
Eligible for membership are those who are or have been sick with cancer.
The Association comprises a group of volunteers, numbering today 60 people aged from 20 to 70 years old.
All the actions, projects and services undertaken and carried out by our Association are offered free of charge to our members.
In the frame of correct and prompt updating and prevention, our Association organizes workshops, seminars, information campaigns and various other targeted actions and events in order to sensitize, inform and stimulate the general public of the greater area, while at the same time we attempt, in co-operation with private medical laboratories and medical institutions, to ensure, when and where possible, budget prices for diagnostic tests so that as many fellow citizens as possible can be examined.
Specialized psychologists offer psychological and social support to patients and the members of their families through personal consultation sessions as well as group support programs.
Every year we hold training seminars for our volunteers with the collaboration of psychologists from the Gestalt Foundation, while all over the year professionals of our Association provide them with consistent support.
Our specially trained volunteers are present in both major hospitals of our city, that is, the University-General Hospital of Larissa and General Hospital of Larissa (Koutlimbanio & Triantafillio), providing in hospital support both to the patients of the oncology wards while they are awaiting chemotherapy and to their escorts.
Our volunteers staff the Social Service of our Association which consists of Social Workers, Psychologists and Lawyers.
We run therapeutic yoga classes for our members.
We are members of the Hellenic Cancer Federation, of the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) based in Brussels and of the National Center of Disabled Persons (ΕΣΑΜΕΑ).
Every year we organize excursions and other actions and events of cultural and recreational nature.
The Association of Cancer Patients of Larissa is financially supported only by donations made by individuals and businesses, while, part of the operating costs is covered by the income from “money boxes” we have placed in various firms in our city. We point out that the members of the Association do not have to pay any annual fee.
The Administrative Board:
President: Ioanna Karavana
Vice-President: Maria Gitersou
Secretary: Ioannis Goumas
Treasurer: Maria Moshidou
Members: Artemis Karagianni, Pinelopi Liakou, Olga Leledi
Directors of Volunteers at Hospitals: Maria Mermigka, Katerina Mplana