About VCSN - The Vermont Cancer Survivor Network
The Vermont Cancer Survivor Network (VCSN) is a 501c3, not-for profit, organization founded in 2007 by cancer survivors to create a voice for cancer survivors in Vermont.
Timeline for the Vermont Cancer Survivor Network
- Created in 2005 as a committee to implement the Vermont State Cancer Plan strategies for cancer survivorship.
- Created by and for cancer survivors and caregivers to improve the quality of life for Vermont cancer survivors
- Developed a focus group study of Vermont cancer survivors in 2006
- Incorporated as a not for profit charitable organization in 2007
- Developed and instituted pilot study for Kindred Connections, a peer-to-peer support program in Washington and Orleans counties in 2007
- Refined Kindred Connections program and introduced in 2 new areas in 2008
- Developed and participated in the Cancer Survivor Community Study, a National Cancer Institute funded research project with the University of Vermont. This first of its kind study created a Vermont cancer survivor registry and a survey of unmet needs for cancer survivors. 2008-2011.
- In the winter of 2013, Kindred Connections has six (Franklin, Chittenden, Orleans, Lamoille, Central VT, Mad River Valley) active groups with over 120 survivors trained. The program has been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society and the Vermont Department of Health.
- In August of 2013, Addison County started a Kindred Connection program with a grant by Entergy employees and the IBEW Local 300.
David Cranmer, Current President Ellen Fein, Past President
Co-founders of the Vermont Cancer Survivor Network