(RHINELANDER, WI) – We all know someone who is in the process of living with, through, or beyond cancer. Today, there are an estimated 11 million cancer survivors in the United States. This has increased from three million survivors from 1971. With knowledge, hope, camaraderie, compassion, and faith, people are living active and productive lives after a cancer diagnosis. Surviving cancer is an attitude about living life everyday despite the challenges cancer brings.
Join us for the Sixth Annual Celebration of Life: Spreading Hope, Courage and Love on Thursday, August 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the James Beck Cancer Center on the grounds of Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital located at 2251 North Shore Drive in Rhinelander. This is an opportunity to honor and show support for cancer survivors, their families, friends, and healthcare providers. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the lives of those no longer with us who lived life with courage and determination during their battle with cancer.
This year’s guest speaker is Marcia Gunderson. She is a four year survivor of breast cancer, diagnosed in February 2009. She was treated at James Beck Cancer Center with chemo and radiation and is currently in remission.
She is a retired nurse having worked in the healthcare field in the Northwoods for 41 years. She graduated from diploma nursing school in Houston, TX. and one year later moved to Land O’Lakes. She is a member of the Palliative Care Coalition at Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital and is the Parish Nurse at Ely UCC Church in Land O’Lakes since her retirement eight years ago.
Marcia and her husband David live in Land O’Lakes, her son Brett and his family which include 2 grandchildren live in Columbus, Ohio, so they travel there frequently. They spend their summers at their cabin east of Watersmeet, Michigan, and enjoy kayaking and fishing.
Other activities will include a butterfly release, open house tours of the James Beck Cancer Center, announcement of the winners of the children’s butterfly coloring contest, and educational displays and support materials. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, please call the James Beck Cancer Center at 715.361.2027.
The James Beck Cancer Center at Ministry Saint Mary's Hospital nurtures long, close relationships and ongoing care with cancer patients, whether in the form of future treatments, palliative care, rehabilitation, checkups, support groups or providing new information. The goal is to meet every need of every patient, and to be a trusted resource for their families.