(Riverside, CA) – January 29, 2019 – “I came tonight to find other women who have experienced the same things I am going through, emotionally and physically,”shared Coni Acquavella. I am leaving tonight with a sense of positivity which you have to have to get through this.”
The American Cancer Society estimates that over 22,000 women in the US will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
This January, The Pink Ribbon Place (Riverside Community Health Foundation’s cancer resource center) became the new host site for OASIS of Southern California’s monthly ovarian cancer support group.
OASIS of Southern California is comprised of survivors, caregivers, friends and families who have been touched by ovarian cancer. The group strives to provide educational tools and emotional support.
“I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer over 21 years ago”, shared Robin Maupin, President and Founder of Oasis for Southern California. “It was difficult for me to find support in the Inland Empire (IE) when I was going through treatment. I vowed that if I survived this disease, I would create a local group for women in the IE to come to for encouragement and support.”
“At The Pink Ribbon Place, we believe that survivor mentorship, connectivity and having a sense of support are necessities in a cancer patient’s journey,” shared Nicole Stovicek, Director of the Pink Ribbon Place. “No one should feel that they are alone. When we heard that OASIS was looking for a meeting place in Riverside, we didn’t think twice. It was a natural fit.”
Research conducted by the US National Library of Medicine, indicates a robust relationship in which social and emotional support from others can be protective for health.
OASIS, provides a space for individuals to share resources and discuss topics related to ovarian cancer treatment and survivorship.
“I’m very proud of the fact that we [OASIS] have given support to hundreds of women, over the years, who were dealing with ovarian cancer and we hope to support many more,” said Maupin.
The support group will meet monthly at The Pink Ribbon Place (4275 Lemon Street, Riverside, CA 92501). Please visit pink.rchf.org or call (951) 823-0261 for more information and upcoming dates.