Facing Cancer Together Online

Dear FCT community members,

I would like to express my gratitude and deep appreciation to each one of you for your support during Facing Cancer Together’s transformation into an online community. I realize that for many of us, having to forgo in-person events like our 5K walk/run was disappointing and at some level, a loss of contact with the FCT community. I feel this loss, too. I miss meeting in person with the FCT staff and clinicians, and I miss meeting and chatting with those of you with whom I crossed paths at 410 Washington Street.

The decision to transition FCT’s offerings to an online platform was based solely on concern for the health and well-being of everyone in our organization, including all of our participants. I’m proud of and grateful to our clinical team for their resilience and commitment to continuing their engagement with our participants. I share the clinical team’s commitment to supporting their healing and thriving during COVID.

Some of you have asked when we will be able to meet in-person. I understand the desire to connect in-person and congregate in FCT’s space, and I also understand that I have a duty and responsibility to provide a safe and healthy space for our community.

After careful review and consideration of the state of the science describing COVID-19’s complexity and the fact that COVID will have a world-wide presence that will be difficult to predict, the FCT board and I have decided that all FCT groups, including our Waltham Livestrong program, will continue to be offered online for the foreseeable future. This means that we will move out of the 410 Washington Street space by early Fall 2020.

I know that this decision is disappointing to many of you, and I offer my solidarity and affirmation of your disappointment. I would also like to offer new and interesting ways for us to connect through FCT’s website. For example, we will hold an online art show of the beautiful work produced by members of our Chinese Brush Painting group. In the upcoming months, you will hear more about the creative ways that we will all connect through Facing Cancer Together’s new offerings.

Lastly, one tremendously helpful aspect to remaining online is that FCT can now intensify our outreach efforts to communities beyond the Boston-metro area. Our goal is to amplify our message of hope and support throughout the state of Massachusetts. I am particularly committed to reaching out to communities where access to quality cancer support has been hindered by racial, ethnic, and economic disparities. This will take time and perseverance on FCT’s part as the path to establish true inclusiveness and equity is long, but we are committed to that path.

I welcome your ideas on how we can grow our connections to each other, so please email me your thoughts and ideas (aepshtein@facing-cancer.org).

With gratitude,
Angela Ephstein, Executive Director
Facing Cancer Together