Anna Webb: New resource provides cancer help

awebb@idahostatesman.comSeptember 3, 2013 

Assistance League comes through again for kids in need: The philanthropic group (located at 5831 Glenwood St. in Garden City) supports six community programs benefiting everyone from infants to adults in Ada County. The league provided school supplies for 8,300 children this fall. With the help of local businesses, the league delivered around 1,400 boxes of supplies to schools for children whose families would not have been able to afford them. Pictured here: volunteers in 2007.


The Cancer Connection Idaho is a new nonprofit dedicated to providing non-medical support for people with cancer and their families.

The organization is modeled on Gilda’s Club, the organization named for comedian Gilda Radner, who died of cancer in 1989.

The Cancer Connection has been working with local hospitals and health organizations to plan the program. So far, more than 40 local medical professionals have volunteered to become “medical ambassadors” for the program.

The Cancer Connection will offer weekly education talks by local health professionals, healthy living workshops, cooking classes, programs for children and teenagers, support groups, music, games, book programs and more.

The idea: being a one-stop shop where people can connect with support services, events, opportunities and more.

There will be no specific fees charged to participants. The Cancer Connection welcomes donations.

Organizers also invite members of the public to an open house, 3 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, at its new home, 2510 Kootenai St.

There are lots of ways to get involved and help, including volunteering and donating. Find more on the website. Connect through this column at


The organization — female counterpart to the Shriners — was founded in Seattle in 1913.

Like the Shriners, Daughters of the Nile raises money for the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children. Patients and their families pay nothing for medical services.

The Daughters typically raise more than $1 million a year for the cause.

Treasure Valley residents will be able to help the effort.

“Walking for the Children” is a benefit walk for Shriners hospitals. It takes place Saturday, Sept. 14, and all are welcome.

Registration is at 9 a.m. for the walk that begins at 10 a.m. at the Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave.

Walkers can choose between a 1-mile or 3-mile course.

For details contact Barbara Strouth at 375-0159 or


Author Alexandra Fuller, author of the bestseller “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight,” will give a free public talk at 3 p.m. on Sept. 6 at the Boise Public Library main branch (715 S. Capitol Blvd.) through the Human Rights Book Club.

Fuller will be in town to take part in the Boise State University Andrus Center Conference on “Women and Leadership in the 21st Century,” Sept. 4-6.

At the library, Fuller will speak about human rights and growing up in Africa during the end of colonialism.

Marcia Franklin of Idaho Public Television will introduce Fuller. The author will sign books after the event.

Book club organizer Lisa Uhlmann said the club will also present Fuller with an honorary paver at the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.


Nora Harvard, owner of Ivony Case Management, a firm dedicated to assisting adults and children with mental illness, and Franklyn Burke, a research and development engineer at Micron Technology, have joined the nonprofit museum’s board.

The museum is also welcoming the public in to see a new exhibition: “Black Artwork from Around the World,” featuring works from the Americas, the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa. The exhibition includes works by internationally known artist Faith Ringgold; Carl Owens, whose folk series features images from Nigeria and Detroit, and Idaho artist Michael O’Loughlin, whose paintings feature black Civil War soldiers, and many more.

The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, 508 Julia Davis Dr. in Boise. Admission is free, donations are welcome. Call 433-0017 for more.


By some accounts, pancreatic cancer will become the second leading cause of cancer death by 2020.

Cancer survivors, their families and supporters are walking to combat those numbers at the PurpleStride Boise fundraiser walk, Saturday, Sept. 7. The 5K course will also offer a running option.

Register online. Find a link through this column at The fee is $25 for adults, $10 for children. Cancer survivors can participate for free.

Day of event registration is $30/$15 at 9 a.m. in Ann Morrison Park at the Old Timer’s Shelter, 100 Americana Blvd. The walk begins at 10:30 a.m.


The Idaho Statesman has written about the Boise Public Library’s “Book a Librarian” service before, but it’s such a cool thing, it warrants another mention, especially as people of all ages are heading back to school.

Library patrons can make an appointment with a librarian for up to an hour of uninterrupted, personalized reference assistance at the Main Library.

Almost any question or area of inquiry is welcome. Staff can help with questions about technology, business or nonprofit information, project research, library and web resources.

Librarians have helped young patrons find sources for research projects. They’ve helped job seekers with online search resources and much, much more.

Appointments are available on an ongoing basis at 11 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Patrons can reserve their spot online (find a link through this column at or make an appointment for a different time by calling 384-4076, emailing or stopping by the second floor desk at the Main Library.

The Main Library is located at 715 S. Capitol Blvd. in Downtown Boise.

Anna Webb: 377-6431

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