Charitable Foundation awards $5,000 to Open Spirit cancer support group

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has granted $5,000 to Open Spirit: A Place of Hope, Health & Harmony, a multi-faith, non-sectarian center under the auspices of the Edwards Church in Framingham, to help establish a free bi-weekly psychosocial cancer support group.

The new group, which will complement Open Spirit programs currently underway, is designed to help Framingham and Natick area residents living with cancer – especially the socio-economically disadvantaged – reduce distress and increase coping skills.

“Cancer can be devastating, not only to the individual, but to an entire family,” said Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “We’re happy to contribute to a program designed to help those involved lessen the stress and deal more effectively with a difficult situation.”

“We are so grateful for the trust and support of MutualOne and we are excited to build relationships with area medical professionals as we develop this cancer support group,” said Dr. Deborah Clark, pastor of Edwards Church.

Cancer Support — Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, joins Dr. Deborah Clark, pastor of Edwards Church, and Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation, in celebrating the recent $5,000 grant awarded by the Foundation in support of the Open Spirit cancer support group. Also pictured is Jeannie, Open Spirit’s trained ministry/comfort dog.

Cancer Support — Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, joins Dr. Deborah Clark, pastor of Edwards Church, and Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation, in celebrating the recent $5,000 grant awarded by the Foundation in support of the Open Spirit cancer support group. Also pictured is Jeannie, Open Spirit’s trained ministry/comfort dog.