HopeWell Cancer Support’s Response to Governor Hogan’s Diagnosis

June 24, 2015

By Suzanne Brace, Executive Director, HopeWell Cancer Support, Member of Maryland Nonprofits

This blog was posted with permission of HopeWell Cancer Support.
Learn more about HopeWell Cancer Support here


The news of Governor Hogan’s cancer diagnosis has served as a reminder that, in his words, “cancer affects each of us.” We rarely get warning and it forever changes our lives.


In Maryland, people diagnosed with cancer have access to an exceptional array of experts in oncology to offer treatment of the disease. But what about the social and emotional aspects of a cancer diagnosis – for the individual, their family, friends and colleagues? 


For over 22 years, HopeWell Cancer Support has been creating a community for all people with cancer, their families and friends that encourages an exchange of information, the development of a support system and the presence of hope. At HopeWell, we provide what medicine cannot. We know the power of community, that connecting with others who are a step ahead on the journey through cancer can renew the spirit.


Governor Hogan has already begun to be a role model for others by speaking with humor and candor, and displaying his determination to continue working. We appreciate his willingness to be open and share his diagnosis.


In my 30 years of experience working with people with cancer and their families, and as a cancer survivor myself, I’ve seen a myriad of responses to a diagnosis. We at HopeWell wish Governor Hogan and his family well as they navigate the road ahead.

Suzanne Brace

Executive Director
HopeWell Cancer Support


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