FCT was started in 2009 by seven clinicians who had worked at The Wellness Community of Greater Boston (TWC), an organization that provided cancer support services. FCT's early beginnings were prompted by the precipitous closure of TWC in February, 2009. This abrupt closing left a void for many people with cancer. TWC closed its doors for good on a Friday. With a sense of urgency, dedication and commitment, the founding staff of FCT opened its doors the following Monday...not missing one group session!
FCT filed with the IRS to become a non-profit organization 501(c)3. FCT was initially supported through private donations and the staff worked free for the first year. FCT believes strongly in the power of collaboration. To this end, over the past ten years, FCT has developed collaborations with many different organization to promote access to important cancer support services for people with cancer and their family members in six different communities in the Boston metropolitan area.
These collaborations currently include:
The Brazilian American Center (BRACE) in Framingham (the only cancer support group for Portuguese-speaking people with cancer and their family members in the state!),
Open Spirit on the grounds of Edwards Church in Framingham, Team Cork at MetroWest Wellness Center, Waltham YMCA, and Oak Square YMCA. In 2019, we plan to launch a cancer support group for Spanish-speaking people in collaboration with Charles River Community Health and expand our YMCA collaboration in Malden.
We will continue to partner with doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School to train first year medical students in how to deliver difficult news compassionately to their patients. This program has run for over 10 years!
We hope to offer Kids Count, Too! for elementary and middle school children who have a parent with cancer.