By Michael Hixon | The Beach Reporter
Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a new name and, this month, a new location.
The nonprofit — which offers more than 200 support programs each month and other free services for those impacted by cancer — announced on Tuesday, Jan. 25, that it has officially changed its name to Cancer Support Community South Bay, underscoring its growing ambitions. The newly dubbed CSCSB will also leave Redondo Beach and head to Torrance, moving to a facility in the Rolling Hills Plaza that is 1,300 square feet larger than its current digs, said Executive Director and CEO Joey Shanahan.
The organization, Shanahan said, outgrew its spot on the Redondo Beach Pier, where it had been since its inception, and will move out officially on Feb. 4.
CSCSB — part of a global network of 170 other locations — will also change its logo and web address; its url is now CSCSouthBay.org.
“CSC South Bay is making a substantial investment in the future of the organization,” Shanahan said, “by building an infrastructure to support expanding both in-person and virtual services.”
The new 5,600-square-foot location, 2601 Airport Drive, Suite 100, will allow them to expand, Shanahan said, with new programming, simultaneous support groups and a bigger staff.
And to answer a common request from the cancer community — what to cook and eat during active cancer treatment — the new space will include a demonstration kitchen and classroom space for up to 50 participants.
After two years of offering their services online during the coronavirus pandemic, Shanahan said, the nonprofit is now ready to go beyond virtual sessions — and continue growing.
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