Thousand Oaks, CA, March 14, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- When you or someone you know has cancer, who are you going to call? UCAAN. United Cancer Advocacy Action Network (UCAAN) is a 501c3 organization that was started in 2009 by local two-time young cancer survivor Rachel Shur, who was diagnosed with final stage leukemia in 2006 and given a 10% chance of survival.
Shur’s experience alone, in addition to losing her father to melanoma when she was a child gave her the drive she needed to found UCAAN – a passion driven organization that provides cancer patients and their families the resources that they need, gifts of hope, inspiration, strength & support, programs, support groups and long term goals for providing financial assistance for patients in the Tri-County Area (Ventura, Los Angeles & Santa Barbara Counties and later expanding to other areas) to pay for the side effects or after effects of their life saving treatments. “While all of the other cancer organizations are focused on raising money for research who’s helping the patients?” Shur asks and responds simply “UCAAN is!” “Research is important and allows survivors like myself to live longer lives – but we are living longer with a worsened quality of life because of these treatments. Patients are calling me daily asking for help to pay for their new medical issues as a result of their treatments, this need isn’t being filled by the other organizations, so I want to focus on this as our primary objective!” says Shur, now 31 and in remission with a new set of health issues due to her life saving treatments.
UCAAN Announces numerous ways for others to get involved and support for their current and future programs including: a Young at Heart Young Adult Cancer Survivor Support Group, a Healthy Eating, Healthy Living Program, Gym memberships, A Young Authors Program, and Future Financial assistance for chiropractic care, dental assistance, and other health issues. In order to raise the funds needed to provide programs at their new facility in Thousand Oaks; UCAAN needs to raise money and hopes to raise funds at their upcoming “Once Upon a Dream” Fashion Show which will be held on Sunday May 20th, 2012 at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center from 2pm-5:30pm. Local Cancer Survivors of all ages will be showcasing designs by local businesses and students from Agoura High School’s ROP Fashion design class. This is an event for all ages and there will be food from local businesses offering special whimsical items for sale and some tasting samples. Event details will be available on the UCAAN website as the date gets closer www.ucaan.org and tickets for the event are $10 for Adults, $5 for children 6 & up and free for children 5 and under. Some family deals will be offered as well! Sponsor & vendor spots are still available.
To find out more information about UCAAN, future programs, sponsorships, donating, vendors or this event please contact Rachel Shur: UCAANorg@yahoo.com or call 805-479-1032.