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August 6, 2017 – The Journey to be FREE team will be dining at Cheisa on Wednesday, 8/9, at 6:00 p.m. If you are having dinner at Chiesa the same night and time, please stop by our table to say “hello”. We would love to meet you!  Follow us on our Facebook page at www.facebook/journeytobefreenaturally.

July 18, 2017 –  Chiesa, an Italian restaurant in Asheville, features a different local charity each month.  Journey to be FREE will be the featured charity for the month of August. In keeping with its church theme, the restaurant has a Poor Box where patrons can make donations.  Robert and Melissa Willingham, the owners of Chiesa, match donations up to $500.  Plan to have a dinner in this home-made pasta-centered, neighborhood-style Italian restaurant in August, where you can enjoy a fabulous meal, make a donation in the “Poor Box”, and help this all-volunteer organization continue to support those impacted by cancer in our community.  Chiesa is located at 152 Montford Avenue. At the corner of Montford and Chestnut Avenues, and open daily for dinner 5 pm – 9 pm.  To make reservations, call 828-552-3110.

May 8, 2017 – Last night the Journey to be FREE team pitched the need for more cancer support resources in our community to theAwesome Foundation Grant Award Pic Awesome Foundation Asheville Trustees and how a $1,000 grant award will be used to deliver an additional cancer “surthrivorship” program in the form of a weekend retreat for women going through treatment in October of this year.  We won!!  Thank you Awesome Foundation!

May 1, 2017 – Journey to be FREE was chosen as a finalist to receive a $1,000 grant award from the Asheville Chapter of the Awesome Foundation.  Join us on Sunday, May 7th, at 7:00 p.m. at Ole Sharkey’s Getaway on Riverside Drive as we “pitch our project”.  We are pitching our upcoming cancer survivorship programs and Fall retreat for women coping with cancer.  Come support us!

April 3, 2017 – USA TODAY launched a nationwide program (A Community Thrives) to fund great ideas offering a creative solution to solve a community need. Journey to be FREE submitted its video under the wellness category to open a Community Cancer Support & Wellness Center for WNC to help solve the shortage of cancer support resources in our area.  We have a chance to win $100,000 to help open this center, but we will need your votes during the voting period which begins on April 12, 2017 and ends on May 12, 2017More info on the voting process coming soon.

March 25, 2017 – The Courage for Cancer Fashion Show took place today to benefit a fellow nonprofit, Hope Chest for Women.  Journey to be FREE board members were happy to be models at this event to support this great organization. 

March 14, 2017Journey to be FREE was featured on News 13 WLOS Health Alert.  Watch the video.

March 9, 2017 – It was an exciting day!  We met Jay Siltzer of News 13 WLOS, our local news station.  He came to videotape us to appear in one of his March “Health Alert” segments. Once we know when that will be aired, an announcement will be posted.  So, stay tuned…

January 29, 2017 We held an intimate informational event at MG Road to present a private preview of Cancer Support Community WNC for a group of community leaders.  Our presentation outlining the need for this cancer support, community and wellness center, the support services and programs that will be available to local families impacted by cancer, and benefits to local cancer care providers as an outreach referral resource was very well-received.  We plan to hold another event in Hendersonville.   

November 3, 2016Thanks to the GoodWorksWNC Project initiated by Michael and Elizabeth Trufant of CRUNCH Media, Journey to be FREE was fortunate to be one of the select nonprofits to receive a free 8 minute video to help promote our work in the community.  Please watch our video to learn why we are here and the cancer support program we are committed to offer so no one journeys cancer alone.

October 12, 2016 – Karen Chavez, reporter for the Asheville Citizen-Times, was interviewed by Paul Foster of WNCW 88.7 Radio in recognition of breast cancer awareness month.  Karen was phenomenal and an excellent voice for breast cancer awareness, screening and support needs.  Karen spoke about the article she wrote for us which consisted of breast cancer survivor stories, the need for outpatient cancer support, and Cancer Support Community.  Click the link to be directed to the WNCW 88.7 page and listen to the interview.

September 30, 2016 – Karen Chavez of the Asheville Citizen-Times published a great article to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month.  The article focuses on two survivor stories and the impact cancer has on the person diagnosed, the family and the community.  The article brings awareness to the need for support services and how we are providing the solution by affiliating with the Cancer Support Community to bring their evidenced-based cancer support program to western North Carolina. Click on the link to read the article.

September 15, 2016 – Clark Morrison, a reporter for the Mountain XPress, wrote a wonderful article about our plans to open a Cancer Support Community in our region.  We are honored to have Dr. Rachel Raab, an oncologist with Cancer Care of WNC, comment on the importance of emotional and social support in cancer care.  Click the link to read the article.

August 19, 2016 – Beth De Bona, a reporter for the Henderson County newspaper, Times News, wrote a great article about our plans to open Cancer Support Community WNC.  Click the link to read the article.

August 13, 2016 – We had a very productive workshop this Saturday!  Jay Lockaby is working with us as we go through the affiliation process and open the doors of Cancer Support Community WNC.  Once the process is final, we will change our name to “Cancer Support Community WNC”.  We will also have a new logo and website.  As we transition forward, we have launched a major fundraising campaign to raise the seed monies needed to open the doors of Cancer Support Community WNC.  You can be involved by joining our fundraising committee.

July 29, 2016 – Jay Lockaby, Senior VP Affiliate Relations & Strategic Growth of the Cancer Support Community, is working with the Journey to be FREE team through the affiliation process.  He will be in Asheville on August 12 – 13 conducting a special strategic planning/fundraising workshop for our board members and staff.

May 23, 2016 – Journey to be FREE has made the strategic decision to pursue an affiliation with the national Cancer Support Community and plans to open a Cancer Support Community facility in our areaFamilies coping with the impact of a cancer diagnosis and treatment will have the psychosocial support, cancer management support, education, social connection, and resources to help get them through a very difficult and challenging time.  We plan to offer a comprehensive daily program schedule at with evidence-based support services, cancer-specific networking groups, cancer education, wellness classes, healthy lifestyle practices, social activities, and so much more at no cost to anyone impacted by any type of cancer at any stage of the cancer continuum all under one roof.  The Cancer Support Community mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community

We will utilize innovative technology to have a virtual presence in its professionally-led education classes and physician-led lectures. This allows for continuing education to community members and enables us to expand our education and support system to reach our rural Western North Carolina communities.

We are committed to open a Cancer Support Community in western North Carolina.  We need the help of our local community to reach our fundraising goal.  To learn more about how you can help us make this happen, please contact us.