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Cancer Support Community beneficiary of five new Kindle Fire tablets

Cancer Support Community, Kindle Fires

A participant browses through the selection of books on a recently-donated Kindle Fire at the Cancer Support Community in Paso Robles.

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the staff and volunteers at the Cancer Support Community – California Central Coast are now able to offer the use of five brand new Kindle Fire electronic tablets to their clients.

“By checking out one of the Kindles and taking it along to doctor appointments or treatment sessions, the cancer patients and their family members are now given the opportunity to enjoy reading a favorite book or magazine, educate themselves on cancer-related topics such as learning how to manage side effects, nutrition, and find recipes for cooking for cancer; it is our own virtual library,” said CSCCCC Executive Director Christie Kelly. “They can be used to entertain or to educate – they are ideal for our clients.”

Patients and their families simply call ahead to the Cancer Support Community, stop by the office in Paso Robles, select one of the electronic tablets, fill out a signature card, and they are on their way. Each Kindle Fire has a color 7-inch multi-touch display.

“Many patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment have to endure six or more hours of inactivity,” said Kelly. “Now, thanks to the generosity of a very special individual, we have something that may help relieve a bit of downtime and bring a smile to their faces.”

Cancer Support Community California Central Coast

Gathering for coffee and pastries at the Cancer Support Community in Paso Robles, a group of friends check out a selection of Kindle Fires, recently acquired from an anonymous donor.

When Kelly heard friends talking about their own Kindles a few months ago, she immediately recognized that the tablets could be helpful to the cancer patients and families that she works with on a daily basis. The ultimate donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, did not hesitate to offer assistance and personally went out and purchased five Kindle Fires.

Kelly kept busy over the next several days, downloading various inspiration and educational books, games, and healthy recipes to the devices. Several clients in a recent Tai Chi Chih class, held at the center on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, had the chance to browse through the tablets; each remarked positively on the benefits of having the Kindles as a complement to the many free services offered by the Cancer Support Community.

About The Cancer Support Community
The Cancer Support Community – California Central Coast is a national non-profit organization that provides support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. Through participation in professionally-led support groups, educational workshops and mind/body classes utilizing the Patient Active Concept, people affected by cancer learn vital skills that enable them to regain control, reduce isolation, and restore hope regardless of the stage of disease. Most importantly, The Cancer Support Community – California Central Coast provides a home-like setting for people fighting cancer to connect with and learn from each other. At The Cancer Support Community – California Central Coast, all programs are free of charge. For more information, call (805) 238-4411, visit or stop 614 13th St. in Paso Robles.


About the author: Reporter Meagan Friberg

Meagan Friberg is a reporter for the Paso Robles Daily News and A-Town Daily News.