|Canine Friends Pet Therapy||One of Victory in the Valley's favorite programs is named "Canine Friends." In 2014, VV's Canine Friends Pet Therapy Program celebrated its 10th year of service to cancer patients and families. Handlers and their Certified Therapy Dogs volunteer to participate in this exciting outreach. These caring volunteers offer visitation, free of charge, at Victory in the Valley's Hospitality Centre, Victory House, VV Support Groups and cancer patients at home or nursing homes upon request.|
The Canine Friends Program is "dedicated to providing comfort and companionship by sharing a dog with cancer patients and their families to improve the quality of their lives and enhance the possibility of recovery."
Canine Friends are Certified Therapy dogs who pass a rigorous test to insure that they are well mannered guests. This "warm and fuzzy" outreach is guaranteed to be a "Bone-A-Fide" success!
If you are interested in requesting a visit from a Canine Friend and their handler or if you would like to have your dog certified to participate in the Canine Friends program, please contact us.
Click HERE to view a Canine Friends Group Picture
|Caregiver Support||Caregivers are invited to VV Support Groups|
"Caregiver Cancer Buddies" are available to offer 1 to 1 support by phone or in person to other caregivers.
|Loaner Medical Equipment||Cancer patients and families have generously donated used medical equipment to Victory in the Valley, with the hope that other cancer patients and families could benefit from their use. We currently have several wheel chairs, stool risers, shower stools, and assorted other equipment which may be loaned to cancer patients in need of them. This service is provided at no charge through the generosity of our supporters.|
|Lodging Assistance for Out-of-Town Patients & Families||What We Do For Out-of-Town Cancer Patients/Families:|
Although Victory in the Valley (VV) no longer owns an apartment complex, we have made special arrangements to continue assisting with the lodging needs of out-of-town cancer patients and families. VV has established medical rates through Kansas Inn, Wesley Inn, and Hotel at WaterWalk (formerly called Cambridge Suites).
Because it is always stressful to have to leave your home and supportive community while undergoing medical testing and cancer treatment, the ability to stay in an atmosphere of encouragement and caring can make the situation much easier. Cancer patients and their families are invited to attend any of the support activities at Victory House or just come by for a visit. They will find a new “family of friends” from staff and volunteers who have walked a similar cancer journey, as a cancer patient or caregiver, and want to reach back to lend a caring hand.
What Can You Do To Help?
Each donation designated for the Lodging Fund will be used to help subsidize lodging expenses for out-of-town cancer patients and families receiving cancer treatment in Wichita. Each gift, whether large or small, will go far in making a difference in someone’s life.
(For Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients)
|Through the generosity of certified massage therapists, who donate their time and skills, Victory in the Valley offers a free neck and back massage to newly diagnosed cancer patients.|
|New Patient Kits & Treatment Planners||Every newly diagnosed cancer patient who visits Victory in the Valley at our Victory House location (3755 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS) will receive one of our "New Patient Kits" which is filled with educational and resource information. In addition, through the generosity of many pharmaceutical companies, individuals and organizations, the kit often includes a warm blanket or quilt, neck pillow, etc. In the front pouch you will find Victory in the Valley's "Navigating The Cancer Journey" booklet which was designed by a committee made up of cancer survivors, caregivers, oncology doctors and nurses, and other healthcare professionals. The booklet includes common oncology terms along with suggestions for both cancer patients and caregivers from those who have also walked the journey.|
Newly Diagnosed Cancer patients will also receive a "Victory Bear" which they will be offered at Victory House, our Hospitality Centre or by our 7th Friend Volunteers who visit at the cancer treatment centers. Each warm, cuddly bear is provided as a source of encouragement and comfort and as a reminder that "Victory in the Valley Cares About You Beary Much!"
|Patient Assistance Program||Imagine that in addition to being told you have cancer, you find that you are unable to continue working. You have enough money to maintain your insurance coverage for a month or two, but depending on how your treatment goes, you may need to be off work for more than 6 months. How will you live? How can you pay all of your regular bills? And how can you pay for all of your prescriptions to control your pain and nausea? One prescription for nausea medicine may cost $27 per pill, and a 2 week supply of pain medicine may be over $200!|
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Victory in the Valley has established an Emergency Medical Fund (provided on a short-term basis) to assist with these needs. This fund is accessed through the direction of the patient’s physician/nurse, and the pharmacy is paid directly by Victory in the Valley after authorization. Each $1 donated to this limited fund, is used directly to provide pain or nausea relief, and to see a patient through some of their darkest hours.
|Prayer Support||As we go through the cancer journey, either as the patient or caregiver, it is a great comfort to know that others are praying for us. Victory in the Valley currently has twenty-three prayer volunteers who have committed to pray each day for those going through cancer. All prayer requests are sent to the volunteers via email and the volunteers will continue to pray for the next month. If you have a "cancer-related" prayer request you may email it to Victory in the Valley: firstname.lastname@example.org As someone once said, "We could probably all go through cancer by ourselves, but how sad that we should try." We hope you will give us the opportunity to accompany you through your journey.|
|Quilting Class||The Victory in the Valley Quilting Circle meets the LAST Tuesday of every month from 9:30am to 11:00am at Victory House, 3755 East Douglas. Bring your own quilting work or join in on a group project. Open to cancer patients/survivors and their supporters, this is a great way to enjoy doing needlework and make some new friends who have or are also walking the cancer journey.|
|7th Friend "Cancer Buddy"|
1 on 1 Support
|The journey through cancer can be a frightening, confusing and lonely time for cancer patients and their loved ones. Victory in the Valley, Inc. has established its support programs and services with the goal of assuring that no one has to walk the cancer journey without support and assistance.|
Our Seventh Friend (Cancer Buddy) Program has been designed specifically to provide practical assistance, support and encouragement on a 1-to-1 basis for patients and caregivers. Trained, 7th Friend (Cancer Buddies) from Victory in the Valley are available to bring hope and encouragement through a personal visit over the phone, via email or visitation at home, hospital, or treatment centers.
Trained 7th Friend Cancer Buddies provide visitation at the VV Hospitality Centre located in the Heritage Plaza Building, hospitals and other cancer treatment facilities. If you, or a family member or friend would like to speak to a 7th Friend (Cancer Buddy) or Breast Cancer Friend, call (316) 682-7400.
In addition, Breast Cancer Friends are all breast cancer survivors who are eager to encourage and walk beside you as you go through your own journey.
|Transportation to Chemotherapy & Radiation Appointments||What We Do For Cancer Patients...|
Victory in the Valley's, Transportation Program provides much more than just a ride to treatment for someone facing cancer. It's an opportunity to receive hope, encouragement, and support from someone who truly understands much of what you are going through and cares.
Established in 1995, the Transportation Program provides a ride to treatment for cancer patients who are unable to drive themselves, or who would have to rely on a family member or friend for a ride. This service is offered at no charge. Victory in the Valley Transportation Vans have been purchased with the generous donations provided through the fundraising efforts of caring individuals and organizations.
What If It Was You?
Imagine that you are retired after working faithfully at your job for over 40 years. Suddenly, you learn that you have cancer! All of your plans for an enjoyable retirement are changed in an instant! The cancer leaves you feeling weak, sick, and with an overwhelming sense of helplessness and sometimes hopelessness. You are alone! How will you ever cope?
This is just one of the many situations that Victory in the Valley sees daily. What a joy to see the relief on the face of this woman, and others like her, who no longer have to worry about a safe and comfortable ride to treatment. And what a humbling experience for us to receive a crumpled envelope with 60 cents inside, because she wanted to give back something to show her appreciation.
What Can You Do To Help?
Each donation given to the Transportation Program helps fund another trip to treatment for someone who may have otherwise had to forego treatment because of a need for transportation. Your gift not only helps underwrite this vital program, but even more importantly, touches the lives of real people with encouragement and hope.
|Victory Bear Outreach Program||Victory in the Valley’s, 7th Friend Volunteers enjoy distributing Victory Bears to newly diagnosed cancer patients at treatment centers, hospitals, the VV Hospitality Centre and at Victory House. "Victory Bears" are given to cancer patients/survivors as a cuddly reminder that Victory in the Valley cares about them!|
For those who would like to help with this outreach, VV is now offering you the opportunity to Sponsor-A-Bear for a suggested donation of $10 per bear. Click HERE for more information.
Our special thanks to all of the individuals and organizations who donate financial gifts to continue this important outreach.
|Victory Kids & Family Support Program||Each year we help hundreds of cancer patients and their families live life to its fullest.|
Victory in the Valley (VV) is happy to work in partnership with Dr. Rosen to provide support and encouragement for kid with cancer and their families.
Our 7th Friend Volunteers especially enjoy taking refreshments to share with families as they wait for appointments at Dr. Rosen’s office. VV Canine Friend Volunteers also take their pet therapy dogs to visit with the children, teens and their families. The kids are thrilled to pet and love their new Canine Friends and the feeling is mutual!
For more information about upcoming events for kids & families, call VV (316) 682-7400
|VV Hospitality Centre||The VV Hospitality Centre was established to serve the needs of all cancer patients and supporters waiting to see any of the doctors in the Heritage Plaza Building. Located on the 4th floor, adjacent to the Cancer Center of Kansas, the Hospitality Centre has been designed to be "A Place of Hope" filled with a warm and relaxing atmosphere, where cancer patients and caregivers can enjoy refreshments, reading, table games, puzzles, and visiting with other cancer patients and survivors. The Hospitality Centre is coordinated by VV staff and hosted by a large number of VV volunteers, most of whom are cancer survivors. The staff and volunteers make every effort to create an atmosphere of compassion and caring. We also actively seek to provide opportunities to provide a "listening ear", encouragement and hope. The Hospitality Centre is open from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Often, it's the waiting for a doctor's appointment, tests and results, that is one of the hardest times for the patient and family. For those who are pet lovers, you may also receive a visit from one of our furry Canine Friends, when they come to visit. Our goal is to make this time a little easier by providing "A Place of Hope" along the cancer journey.|