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      Local volunteers offer support for cancer patients

      Cancer is more than just a disease - cancer is a life-changing event that can drain someone physically, emotionally, and financially, which makes recovery that much harder. And a local group of volunteers called "Circle of Friends" offers cancer patients something they may not be able to find for themselves - peace of mind. "When a cancer patient is going through this, and having to deal with the burden of everyday life ... it's not fun, and so we try to ease the burden of that," says President Annette Butler. Butler herself has personal experience with cancer - she lost her mother-in-law to pancreatic cancer, and friends and family have also been afflicted with cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States, despite the fact that mortality rates have been steadily declining over the decades due to advancements in medical technology. Circle of Friends began about thirty years ago, and is now part of the Harrington Cancer Foundation. They operate completely off donated funds, and they use those funds to offer support like financial assistance or temporary housing for patients undergoing intensive chemotherapy treatments. "What we do is we allocate $6,500 a month to patient care, and that is helping patients with their rent, their mortgage, utilities, insurance premiums ... basically, anything we can help them with in this time of need," says Butler. You can learn more about Circle of Friends or how you can help at the link attached to this story.