Help for Hope and Healing (HHH) is Jamestown, North Dakota’s cancer support network. Our goal is to match the needs of families dealing with cancer and volunteers willing to meet those needs. HHH is a non-profit organization working in conjunction with the Jamestown Area Grief Support Team (JAGST).
It is our sincere desire that if you have come to our website, looking for assistance, that you will find it here.
Transportation is an important need for many cancer patients. The effects of chemotherapy and radiation make it difficult for patients to drive themselves for treatments. Since most cancer treatments for people in Jamestown and the surrounding area take place in Fargo or Bismarck, family members are often unable to take off enough time from work to be able to accompany their loved one to every treatment. The HHH Team knew that setting up a network of volunteer drivers would greatly alleviate some of the stress that these patients and their families face every day.
Because fighting cancer can be an extremely draining experience physically, mentally and emotionally for patients and their families, other needs during this difficult time might include running errands, helping with household maintenance, cleaning, laundry or an occasional meal brought in for the family. When a cancer patient is very sick, either from the effects of chemotherapy or because of the progression of the disease itself, family caregivers may feel reluctant to leave their loved one alone, even for a brief time. And yet, it is important for the caregiver to have some time to themselves and get out of the house occasionally. Having someone who can come in and spend time visiting or reading to the patient can give the family caregiver a much needed break.
By January of 2010, HHH hopes to offer a Cancer Support Group for families dealing with cancer. Caregivers might appreciate spending time with other caregivers, sharing ideas and supporting each other.