Helping Asian patients to communicate, learn, and heal – Baekbong Kim, MSW

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New York, NY – (April 17, 2013) Baekbong Kim is passionate about helping the Asian community use its voice to fight cancer. Having worked in a counseling center, Kim was aware that Asian cancer patients often felt guilty and some don’t didn’t even share their cancer diagnosis with their own families, causing further isolation and stress. He knew he could make a difference. 
 
“When cancer patients undergo treatment, they often feel weak and powerless. My wish is to see the Asian community embrace cancer patients so that they will no longer struggle to talk about the disease, and to empower the patients themselves to open their mind and share their experience,” said Kim, who joined the American Cancer Society staff three years ago.
 
Baekbong spends his days building and maintaining relationships with hospitals and other health care systems, and recruiting and developing volunteers to serve as cancer resource volunteers and run American Cancer Society support programs. The Society’s Asian Initiatives serves Chinese, Korean, Filipino, and Vietnamese communities in New York and New Jersey.
 
In his spare time, Baekbong is passionate about the work of translation,  and has worked hard to share the Society’s nutrition guidelines and colorectal cancer screening guidelines in several languages with the communities he serves. He has contributed materials to the American Cancer Society’s Asian and Pacific languages page on cancer.org. The Society’s Web site contains reliable cancer information on a variety of cancer-related topics.
 
“I feel truly blessed to work for the American Cancer Society. I’ve learned a lot about patient needs and family struggles, and have dedicated myself to achieving the Society’s lifesaving mission,” said Kim.

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