Simard, who recently celebrated her one-year anniversary as a Stage III breast cancer survivor, is the COPE Founder who designed the program in partnership with DU's Graduate School of Professional Psychology. She has been with Bye Aerospace for over seven years and serves on the company's board of directors, as well as the board of Aero Electric Aircraft Corp., an affiliate company that is developing a 2-seat solar-electric training aircraft called "Sun Flyer."
The goal of COPE is to increase access to psychological and social services for cancer patients and their caregivers. "After a series of exploratory meetings, we realized that no psychology programs exist in the country that focus on clinical training in psychosocial oncology at the graduate level," Simard said. "COPE will be a resource that allows individuals who receive a cancer diagnosis and their caregivers to immediately begin a conversation."
George Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace, said he and the company are proud of Diane's involvement as COPE's Founder. "We strongly support community efforts, and encourage our employees to participate in such important causes. Unfortunately, cancer seems to impact nearly every one of us, and it is comforting to know that programs such as COPE exist," he said.
For more information about COPE, please visit www.du.edu/gspp/cope.
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