The Victory Center: Supporting The Cancer Journey Step-By-Step

cancer

To The Victor Goes The Spoils

Since 1996 The Victory Center has reached out to Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan cancer patients and affected families.

The Victory Center, located at 5532 West Central Avenue in Toledo, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission “to provide hope and support to cancer patients, survivors, and those closest to them.”

Dianne Barndt, executive director of The Victory Center.

Dianne Barndt, executive director of The Victory Center.

Dianne Barndt, The Victory Center’s (TVC) executive director for the last seven years, explains, “Toledo had a lot of really good medical care for cancer patients but there was really nothing, no organization looking at the holistic part of a person’s cancer journey. So that’s how the TVC came to be. They wanted somebody who was looking after the psychological, spiritual, social, mental and emotional parts of the cancer journey.”

Staff and volunteers

Dedicated staff, four full-time and two part-time paid employees, reach out to cancer patients and their families. Additionally, “we have 40 plus facilitators, therapists, group leaders, yoga instructors (and others). All TVC support groups are facilitated by professionals,” Barndt said.

One TVC volunteer is Fred Tito, 67, a retired electrical engineer. “I am a two-time survivor (of cancer). A 17-year survivor of pancreatic cancer and a six-year survivor of prostate cancer,” he said. Tito describes TVC as “one of the bright lights of the Toledo area. The Center supports not only cancer survivors, but they also support caregivers. When you’re dealing with cancer, it takes a toll not only on the patient himself/herself, but the family and the spouse. It’s very hard on them.”

Barndt explains, “We have volunteers to do welcome interviews, who work our wig bank and help with our events. We have more than 100 volunteers who do all of the other functions for us, but not necessarily working directly with the clients.”

Other services

One popular and welcome service is TVC’s free wig bank. “People can come in and get one free wig per calendar year,” Barndt said. “Those wigs are provided through a partnership with the American Cancer Society. We have mostly survivors, who are trained volunteers, that will help fit the wig. We gave away our 1,000th wig in October, since the Center opened twenty plus years ago.”
Diane Barndt encourages newcomers, “Anybody going through a cancer journey is welcome to come here. It doesn’t matter— young, old, men women, regardless of the cancer diagnosis, this is the place where you will find help and support.”

Since TVC receives no government funding or health insurance reimbursements, the Center is solely supported by foundation grants, special fundraising events and private contributions. All donations are tax deductible.

Free services offered by TVC include:
-Healing touch and Reiki
-Massage therapy
-Reflexology
-Short-term counseling
-Facials
-Yoga
-Support groups
-Gentle exercises
-Nia fitness
-An array of
special programs

To find out more,
call 419-531-7600 or visit thevictorycenter.org.

Trending

The Gift of Giving—Year-Round Community Investing

M Living features five people who give back to our community, year-round in different ways. Their philanthropic efforts inspire us to think of those in need throughout the year, not just during the holidays.

“Tech the Halls” with Cool, Local Gifts—Gadgets Galore for Those You Adore

Navigate your way to a joyous holiday season with gifts that will please your tech-savvy friends and family members.

Holiday Sparkle—A Recipe Favorite!

Whether you have access to a press, or you have to buy your cider from the store, this Cider is a hit at any event.

A Walk in Their Boots: Veterans

Connections That Count Toledo Vietnam veterans reach out to help fellow soldiers By Jeff McGinnis A native of East Toledo, Bob Stewart served for six months in Southeast Asia before being shot by the enemy in the Cambodian jungle, resulting in a number of injuries, including wounds to his chest, back, arm and thigh. After