Patient Empowerment Program (PEP)
The objectives of the Patient Empowerment Program (PEP) are to create and distribute unique tools for people going through serious illnesses within the healthcare system. Often patients feel a loss of control during serious illneses and it is our intention to help facilitate the ease of their recovery by offering them materials that will not only educate them regarding their own condition but also assist them in attaining a sense of autonomy and influence in their healing process. PEP is the first patient lead project at the CICC and was mentioned by the Honourable Debra Matthews, Minister of Health, in the Ontario Legislature on May 3rd 2010.
Norm vs Cancer: A Terminally Funny One Man Show, is the first project of the Patient Empowerment Program. This groundbreaking one man piece has been performed in Prague, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York by Robert Hawke, thyroid cancer survivor, Gemini award nominated comedian and winner of the Best Solo Male Comedy at the San Francisco Fringe. It is now being brought to the health care system and is proving to be a very useful tool in facilitating discussion for health care professionals and patients in the area of Patient Centered Care. The show revolves around Norm, who has a diagnosis of cancer, takes too much medication, and hallucinates a journey inside his body. All of his organs come to life, including his very angry liver, his kidney who is obsessed with interior decorating and his misguided appendix. Norm must find and kill the cancer before it kills him.
For more information about upcoming shows, contact us.