The Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic (CMCC)
is named after Charlotte Maxwell, who died of ovarian cancer in 1988.
Charlotte strongly believed that the complementary therapies that enhanced
the quality of her life, in her last months, should be made accessible
to women who would not otherwise have access to them.
In 1991, the CMCC was founded by a dedicated group
of health care providers and women with cancer to answer the unmet need
to provide low-income women with free complementary alternative therapies.
After developing a procedure manual, securing funds, and hiring the
first staff member, CMCC opened for services in January 1992. In 1995,
CMCC received a commendation
from the Berkeley
City Council and in 1996, it became an official 501c3 non-profit
Tom Maxwell (Charlotte's brother),
his wife Anne, Mary Kemp (Charlotte's sister),
and her husband Paul (left to right)
Initially, the Clinic provided only the core complementary therapies
to 10-15 women on a half day each Saturday. The Clinic grew, and is
still growing, as a result of community response, recognition, and support.
Since its beginnings, CMCC has quadrupled its clinic hours and maintains
a pool of over 275 volunteer practitioners. Currently the clinic serves
approximately 610 women, many of them critically ill.