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By Eric Heinz

A new organization in San Clemente is trying to expand in order to help people suffering from cancer with their day-to-day chores and tasks.

Right now, the organization Cancer Support Partners is comprised of treasurer Pete Ortiz, president Brett Smith and secretary Katherine Zimmermann. So far, they’ve collaborated with about five other volunteers locally and have a service radius that’s determined on a case-by-case basis.

Brett Smith was diagnosed with stage-2 throat cancer last year and has since been in remission. He said when he was going through chemotherapy, he didn’t want to be a burden on his family, so he drove himself to treatment, which is against recommended practice.

“There weren’t really fundamental services available,” Smith said. “Through the process of that, it came to, in my mind, there were people who could use specific help.”

Volunteers who want to get involved can contact the organization at cancersupportpartners.com. The website will be updated with events in the future. In mid-June, the organization will host a fundraiser at H.H. Cotton’s.

From left, Brett Smith, Katherine Zimmermann and Pete Ortiz of Cancer Support Partners are looking to expand with volunteers to help patients with day-to-day tasks. Photo: Eric Heinz
From left, Brett Smith, Katherine Zimmermann and Pete Ortiz of Cancer Support Partners are looking to expand with volunteers to help patients with day-to-day tasks. Photo: Eric Heinz

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