Gerber Memorial Hospital

Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Cancer Care Center And the American Cancer Society To Host Cancer Survivors’ Event

Fremont, Mich., July 26, 2012– Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Cancer Care Center and the American Cancer Society are hosting the fifth annual Newaygo County Cancer Survivors’ Brunch, themed “Giving You Greater Possibilities for Hope,” for all cancer survivors in the area. The Brunch will take place Saturday, August 4, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Tamarac, The Center for Health and Well-Being, 1401 W. Main St. in Fremont.

“Thanks to the progress made in the fight against cancer, 12 million people who have heard the words, ‘You have cancer,’ are survivors today,” stated Kathy Evans, the Cancer Care Center’s Manager. “In honor of all those who have battled this disease, we are pleased to co-host the fifth annual Cancer Survivors’ Brunch with The American Cancer Society.”

The brunch has already become a popular, annual event for cancer survivors and their caregivers in which to build relationships and share experiences with others whose lives have been touched by the disease. Attendees will enjoy opportunities to share stories with other cancer survivors, have a healthy brunch and relax with a soothing hand massage provided by Ahhh, The Spa at Tamarac.

There will also be a short talk by a cancer survivor, giveaways and prizes for those who attend, and time in which attendees can just relax and chat.

Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is pleased to have the American Cancer Society co-host this event. “The American Cancer Society has been a driving force in the prevention and treatment of cancer and a staunch supporter of the Cancer Care Center at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial. We welcome this opportunity to partner with them,” added Evans.

The Cancer Care Center treats over 700 “active” patients who are either receiving chemotherapy or are seen at least once per year for follow-up. It is open all day, Monday through Friday and an oncologist sees patients every Monday. The Center houses private and semi-private chemotherapy rooms equipped with comfortable recliners, TVs, attractively decorated, ceiling light panels. The Center is staffed by 5 chemotherapy certified oncology nurses.

There is still time to R.S.V.P. Call Darci Todd, 616.551.4080.

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. If you are a survivor or a caregiver, you know the hardship and the struggles the newly diagnosed face. You do not have to face this journey alone. At the moment of diagnosis, the American Cancer Society is there for you. Contact them anytime, day or night, for information, local resources, and support, by calling 1-800-227-2345 or visiting

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