SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For fifteen years, the Cancer Community Center has helped cancer patients and their loved ones turn a cancer diagnosis into something that makes them stronger.
"Friends and family want to help, but they don't really know what you are going through," explained Michele Johns, executive director of the center, which offers wellness classes, support groups and art programs to anyone impacted by cancer free of charge.
"We've found that peer-based support, people who have had that or have had similar experience, really add so much more to the recovery," she added.
Katie Hawkins' father, a well-known educator in southern Maine, was diagnosed with cancer in 2000. Her father and her family turned to the center for help.