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Minnesota Oncology News                                                                                   April 2017
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Hope2017Register Now for Hope in Motion and Celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day with Minnesota Oncology
 on June 4

Join us to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Lake Phalen Regional Park in St. Paul! Hope in Motion is Minnesota's  National Cancer Survivors Day  Celebration, including a 5K Run/Walk, a 1-Mile Family Walk, a Kids Challenge, wellness activities, entertainment, speakers, and more. Proceeds will benefit  Angel Foundation , a local nonprofit that provides support and programs for cancer survivors and their families.

Sunday Burquest
Sunday Burquest
Special annoucement: The featured speaker for Hope in Motion 2017 will be   Sunday Burquest, recent castaway on the CBS Survivor season Survivor: Millenials vs. Gen X. Sunday is a survivor of breast cancer who competed in Fiji not long after completing her breast cancer treatment at Minnesota Oncology. Read her inspiring story  here.

Hope in Motion also features:
  • Donation and fundraising opportunities for runners and walkers
  • Entertainment and a festive family atmosphere
  • Inspirational and educational speakers
  • A fun photo booth
  • Activities for children
  • A Survivor-style challenge for kids (new in 2017!)
  • Representatives from many community cancer support organizations
  • A chip-timed, USATF-certified 5K course
  • Age group finisher awards
  • Special awards for the top Male and Female Survivor 5K finishers
  • Fundraising opportunity for Angel Foundation
  • Team registration available
  • Sponsorship opportunities
Whether you're a cancer survivor, a caregiver, or a supporter, we look forward to celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day with you on June 4, 2017!

Who is a cancer survivor? The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation defines a "survivor" as anyone living with a history of cancer - from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life. There are nearly 14 million cancer survivors in the United States. Join us to celebrate survivors of all ages and types of cancer and to remember those who lost their lives to cancer.

Event Day Schedule:
7:30 a.m. - Registration and Packet pick up begins
8:30 a.m. - Welcome, Warm Up, and Kids' Challenge
8:50 a.m. - Survivor Group Photo
9:00 a.m. - 5K & 1-Mile Start (1 Mile walkers will line up behind 5K participants)
9:30-11 a.m. - Snacks, entertainment, awards ceremony, speakers and more

About Angel Foundation: Founded in 2001, Angel Foundation helps when cancer strikes providing emergency financial assistance and education and support to Minnesota adults living with cancer and their families.

 Watch the video below to learn more about Angel Foundation:

Angel Foundation 15th Anniversary
Angel Foundation 15th Anniversary

Click here  to view photos from Hope in Motion 2016.

Click here to read more about Hope in Motion 2016.

Watch the highlights video from Hope in Motion 2016:

Hope in Motion 2016 HIghlights
Hope in Motion 2016 HIghlights

Jennifer Nelson_ DNP
Jennifer Nelson, DNP
Minnesota Oncology is pleased to introduce our newest 
Advanced Practice Provider  (APP),  Jennifer Nelson, DNP . Jennifer recently joined our  Fridley Clinic  team and brings more than 10 years of hands-on nursing experience previous to earning her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with honors from the University of Minnesota.

Jennifer's areas of special interest include oncology, adult health, primary care, women's health, sexual health, cosmetic or reconstructive surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and sports medicine. While pursuing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice, she completed 1,100 hours in variety of adult and women's health clinical setting. Most recently, she was a nurse practitioner for North Memorial Medical Center's Comprehensive Pain Management Center in Minneapolis where she was awarded the Population Health & Ambulatory Services Gratitude for Greatness Award.

"My philosophy of care involves providing compassionate and ethical patient care while maintaining a healing environment," Jennifer says.  "I appreciate diversity and the importance of holistic care.  Paraphrasing Maya Angelou, 'People will forget what you said and what you did, however they will never forget how you made them feel.'"

Jennifer was born and raised in a rural Minnesota town. "I enjoy all activities outdoors as well as riding motorcycles and staying fit and active," she says. "I love to travel and am a self-proclaimed foodie which involves adventures across the city as well as in my kitchen."

Minnesota Oncology chemotherapy nurse  Yana Reko is once again organizing a music-and-entertainment-filled fundraiser for  Angel Foundation! This time, all of the performers will be kids! Talent is still needed. 

Who: Children of adult cancer warriors, and children who support them

Why:  Angel Foundation provides adult cancer patients and their families with emergency financial assistance, education and support throughout their journey of healing and survivorship. Through financial grants, children and teen programs, family retreats, and other outreach events, they not only strengthen the cancer patient and his/her family, but the cancer warrior 
community as a whole.

When: Sunday, April 23 from 5-6 p.m.

A $10 donation is suggested.  Please give whatever you are able to and moved to give,   and enjoy the show!

For additional information, to perform, or donate, please contact

Notes from the organizer: "Having done two successful adult Notes of Hope events for Angel Foundation, an organization that does so much with and for children of adult cancer warriors, and having my own piano-playing, singing, stage-seeking 9 year old ask again and again, 'Mama, when can I be part of Notes of Hope?' made me wonder if there were other kids out there who would benefit from doing this.  
Kids who had a message to share, kids who wanted to combine their passion for performance with a burning or budding passion for philanthropy.  We know that music heals; making music doubly so.  But for a performer, what is sweeter than offering up their music to heal in a way that ripples far beyond the curtain call?  I realized that kids have so much to give to a project like Notes of Hope, and many will hopefully gain a great deal from the experience.  We currently have several performers who have been affected by cancer directly through a parent or caregiver who has faced it, but the majority are coming to NoH simply for the opportunity to share their talents in a way that benefits those in need.  To me, being a part of that kind of life growth in the life of a child is gift, and I'm excited to see Notes of Hope Kids Edition come together.  Please come and support these kids and the kids and families in need of Angel Foundation!!" - Yana Reko
NHDDThe Conversation Begins with You

We frequently hear or talk about how quickly time is passing with our families and friends. We observe unfortunate circumstances when life is changed quickly for someone- whether it is a patient, our own family member, friend, etc. The one thing that is certain is that we cannot be certain about what any single day will bring.
National Healthcare Decisions Day occurs every year on April 16th to educate and empower people to talk about advance care planning or end-of-life decisions. For those who have never had the conversation it can be difficult to initiate as it can feel uncomfortable at first. These conversations will ultimately provide relief for loved ones that would need to make decisions or guess your wishes in a medical crisis. And vice versa can provide relief for you if you are the designated healthcare power of attorney for a loved one. If you have already had these conversations with loved ones it is important to revisit them every year to consider changes in wishes, health status, or personal life changes.
Minnesota Oncology has taken great strides to be at the forefront of advance care planning for our patients & encourage staff to be empowered to have these conversations as well. We often place more importance on Advance Care Planning as we age, but the uncertainty of life makes it relevant for all adults.

Additional resources are available at all Minnesota Oncology clinic locations. Please ask your care team for assistance in getting the process started.

You Begin the Conversation
You Begin the Conversation

OUtstandingNurseNominate an Outstanding Nurse

Help Mpls St. Paul Magazine celebrate and honor the outstanding nurses in our community!  The magazine is looking for nurses who are exceptional in their profession, going above and beyond in their work.

Anyone can submit a nomination, including parents, peers, doctors and patients.  Nominations will be reviewed by a blue-ribbon panel. Finalists will be notified in June. The 2017 winners will be announced at an event in August and profiled in our December issue.

Submissions will close:  May 1, 2017

Patients and families, complete this   survey .

Colleagues, complete this  survey

Lear more hereFor questions or any difficulty with your submission, please contact .
CampAngelSave the Date for the 8th Annual Camp Angel Luncheon
Angel Foundation is gearing up to host their 8th Annual Camp Angel Luncheon, a fundraiser in support of   Camp Angel and other Facing Cancer Together programs. These programs play a crucial role in the Twin Cities cancer community by offering educational support to families during all phases of their cancer experience. Camp Angel, specifically, is a three-day summer camp offered free of charge to kids and teens (ages 5-18) who have, or have had, a parent/caregiver with cancer. The perfect blend of "serious and silly", Camp Angel provides campers with both the tools needed to cope with cancer at home and the opportunity to enjoy summer activities with kids "just like them".
The luncheon takes place on Friday, May 19, 2017 at Pinstripes Edina. Lunch is complimentary, and it is a great opportunity for people to come and learn more about Angel Foundation and the positive impact Camp Angel has had on hundreds of families over the years. At the luncheon, guests are invited to help send a kid to camp.
The average cost to send one child to Camp Angel is $250. Angel Foundation's goal is to raise a minimum of $50,000 at the luncheon, which allows them to host two camp sessions in the 2017 season. Guests can attend solo, with a friend, or as a table host. Table Hosts are asked to fill a table of ten with friends, family and colleagues who are interested in making a gift to Angel. If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact Heidi Johnson:
What: Camp Angel Luncheon
When: Friday, May 19, 2017 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Event Timeline:
10 a.m.              Registration opens
10-11:30 a.m.   Pre-event shopping experience
11:30 a.m.         Lunch is served
12:30 p.m.         Program ends
12:30-1 p.m.     Post-event shopping experience