With a cancer diagnosis, everything changes. You need to know what’s happening, where to find treatment, who to talk to and how to cope. The questions outnumber answers—even with the best medical care. As one of the region’s leading funders for cancer care, Miller-Dwan Foundation understands the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges of cancer.
Miller-Dwan Foundation funds groundbreaking programs and technologies that alter the course of cancer’s progression and help people deal with its aftereffects.
“The very best cancer care utilizes both technology and compassion. Positive outcomes depend on both.”
—Dr. Daniel Nikcevich, MD, PhD, Hematology Oncology, Essentia Health
A gift to Miller-Dwan Foundation, designated to cancer care, helps ease anxieties, offers hope and assures that our region’s patients and families receive the most technologically advanced treatments and reliable information. Your gift supports:
At first most people need some time to adjust to the fact that they have cancer. It’s normal to have feelings of disbelief, fear and anger or to be in shock. They may need some time to absorb and understand their diagnosis. Don’t be afraid to connect with the person; research shows that support can make a big difference in the life of someone with cancer. You can offer support by visiting, listening, running errands and just being present.
“Everything is going to be fine.” We’re often tempted to say things like this when we hear scary or sad news, but false platitudes may signal to the person with cancer that you are unwilling to discuss the realities and challenges of the situation.
“You’ve got the good kind of cancer.” Any cancer diagnosis turns a person’s world upside down—emotionally, physically and financially. There is no “good kind.”
Nothing at all. It is hard to watch someone you care about cope with a cancer diagnosis. It’s okay to admit that you’re not sure what the right thing to say is or how you can help. The most important part is to start the conversation.