Jacksonville, Florida - An online support community has been created for families and friends that have been directly or indirectly affected by cancer. Laughatcancer.com, which was developed by the not-for-profit entity Laugh at Cancer Organization, Inc. (LACO), is a safe and rapidly expanding forum where people can share stories of triumph, offer remembrances of loved ones lost or openly discuss their daily struggle with the disease.
“I started out by creating a local chapter here in Jacksonville nearly four years ago, but I was unable to find a place to hold our meetings on a regular basis,” said Founder and President Crystal Kauffman, who is also waging a relentless battle with the disease. "In addition, many of the members were disabled and unable to attend the meetings. After partnering with Ning.com in Feb. 2008, I created the Laugh at Cancer (LAC) Support Community online."
According to Kauffman, the online community has grown significantly since it was launched, and its members, ranging from children and teens to the elderly, hail from many different parts of the world. Kauffman and Ning.com eventually teamed up to create the LAC Youth Support Community and the Pet Cancer Support Community to help cancer victims with specific needs. “Once someone is diagnosed with cancer, they are often filled with anxiety, fear and uncertainty about the future. Our mission is to help each member focus on living beyond cancer’s reach,” stated Kauffman.
In order to expand outreach efforts, Kauffman would like members of the medical and corporate community to list her organization in their databases for patients, families and employees. “I would like to extend an invitation to partner with these entities so that the best resources, for all types of cancers, can be provided to every LACO member. Our goal is to raise awareness and plant seeds of hope. Therefore, we encourage people to join us in our effort to help make a difference,” Kauffman concluded.
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