In 1989, three women in Skokie, Ill., a suburb north of Chicago, wanted to create a center where patients and families living with cancer could receive emotional support. Although more people were surviving cancer because of advances in treatment, hospitals still lacked cancer support programs. In response to cancer survivors’ desire for more community-based support centers, the women raised $10,000 from a fashion show and opened the Cancer Wellness Center in a small donated storefront. Five...

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