Cancer center faces eviction, seeks new home CENTRAL COUNTY -- Arnold * Broadneck * Severna Park

February 05, 1993

A nonprofit community center for cancer patients and their families has lost the building it occupies and is seeking donated space in the community.

CaRES, the Cancer Resource and Support Center, opened last summer at 523 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Severna Park. Owner Cornelia M. Dettmer, chief radiation oncologist at Anne Arundel Oncology Center, offered the building for the group's free use. However, Dr. Dettmer is retiring and moving to Ohio, and the house is up for sale.

CaRES must find another home by April, Executive Director Katherine Smith said.

The organization hopes to avoid paying local market rent and is hoping for donations or another home base. "We are desperately hoping some people with empty office space will come forward and offer it," Ms. Smith said.

The organization, which sponsors free support groups, workshops, educational presentations and social gatherings for cancer patients and their families, needs approximately 2,000 square feet of commercial space and a kitchen for its operation.

L CaRES also has a library available to patients and families.

The organization has served more than 100 people since it started, Ms. Smith said.

"CaRES meets a need that's not being met in mental health field right now," she said. "There are no free services [elsewhere in the community] to cancer patients and their families."

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