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 eight 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 include:
Roxbury Multi-Service Center - Multi-cultural cancer support group
Fenway Health - LGBTQ cancer support group
Open Spirit - MetroWest cancer support, caregiver support and bereavement programming and a growing number of community-based
YMCA's - cancer support groups in conjunction with the Livestrong program
We are trying to secure funding to launch a Portugese-speaking cancer support group in MetroWest, the only one of its kind in the state of Massachusetts and support services for people with severe and persistent mental illness who also have cancer.