Cape Wellness Collaborative hits major landmark
Cape Wellness Collaborative recently passed a major landmark – more than 1,000 clients served.
Founded in 2014, the local nonprofit provides integrative wellness therapies to anyone on Cape Cod & the Islands facing cancer. Clients receive a Wellness Card valued at $250, which can be used for acupuncture, massage therapy, Reiki, nutrition counseling or other care offered by more than 90 vetted wellness professionals:
“We’re not here to treat the cancer,” said Sarah Swain, founder and CEO of
Cape Wellness Collaborative. “We’re just here to help the person feel better.”
In 2019, CWC launched three new initiatives to complement the Wellness Card program: Wellness Eats, which provides delicious, nutrient-dense meals to clients during cancer treatment; Wellness Cares, which supports caregivers; and Wellness Moves, which provides yoga and movement classes for people being treated for cancer and their caregivers.
“Some things that we've added since the pandemic have been a weekly encouragement group,” she said. “We've really beefed up our remote services, so people can have private appointments while at home, and maybe a private yoga class or meditation session, or just learn self-care skills to help them feel better while they're going through cancer treatment.”
CWC recently reached a second major milestone when it delivered its 3,000th meal through Wellness Eats.
“Cancer can make us feel so helpless, whether it’s us or a love one,” said Swain. “What I love so much about Cape Wellness Collaborative is it not only empowers our clients facing cancer, but it empowers all of us to make a tangible difference.”
CWC is one of this year’s recipients of support from Cape Cod Healthcare’s Community Benefits program. CWC was awarded a $30,000 grant.
“We're so incredibly grateful for that support,” said Swain. “It just feels like such a great fit since the majority of our clients are also Cape Cod Healthcare patients. We enjoy the relationship that we have with the cancer centers at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis and Falmouth Hospital. Cape Cod Healthcare does an incredible job with their cancer patients and we're proud to partner with them.”
The 2021 Community Benefits grant will help CWC ramp up the Wellness Eats program, she said.
“We are working on increasing the output. It's so important for people facing cancer to have nutritional support. Just seeing the look on people's faces when you drop off food at their door, we see how much it means to people.
“Beyond the food, there's so much love that goes into the cooking. I think there's so much compassion in this program as a whole, and just making sure that people don't feel alone. They feel all of the love that's filtered to them through our community, through Cape Wellness.”