Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Andrea Littlefield Joins Community Cancer Services' Board of Directors

When Andrea Littlefield learned that her friend’s eighteen month old son had cancer, she sprang into action. She enlisted the help of many in the community and within a matter of weeks they put together a fundraiser that brought in over tens of thousands of dollars for young Tyler Cordle.

“I knew I had to do something to help,” said Littlefield.
In her efforts to help her friend, Littlefield also contacted Community Cancer Services, a local non-profit organization that provides both emotional and financial support for cancer patients and their families.

Now, several months later, young Tyler is in remission and Littlefield continues her crusade to help those in the community suffering from the horrible disease which knows no boundaries.

Littlefield recently joined the board of directors for Community Cancer Services and has also taken on the role of chairperson of CCS’s fundraising committee.

“I really wanted to join the board because CCS does so much for people in our community,” said Littlefield who hopes to educate the community about all the services available. “And really no one knows about CCS until they are faced with cancer and don’t know where to turn to.”

According to Stephanie Moss, Program Director at CCS, the demand for services has increased significantly and the result is a greater than ever need for funds.

“CCS is currently serving 264 active clients,” said Moss. “"We have seen a large increase in the need for services within the last year and attribute this in part to the increase in cancer awareness as well as the economy.”
Littlefield recognizes that many in the community may not have the financial or emotional help available to help them when faced with a cancer diagnosis and that is where CCS is critical.

“There are people that don’t have fundraisers put on for them, or are so far away from their family that they don’t have the help or support that they need to get through something like this. It may be too much and they just may give up,” said Littlefield. “But because CCS is in our community, it can help make people stronger.”

Putting on the fundraiser earlier this year for young Tyler Cordle was a huge undertaking for Littlefield, but knowing that she, with the help of others, can make a difference was an inspiration.

“It was a huge group effort,” said Littlefield. “It inspired me to do whatever I can to help and be a part of something that touches so many other people.”

To learn more about Community Cancer Services and its programs, please call them at 208-255-2301, log onto or stop by their offices at 1215 Michigan Street, Suite B.

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