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The Community Cancer Center offers a variety of fitness classes for our patients and their caregivers. These are fun and open to all levels of participants. There are no fees for any of the classes.
Upcoming Events
Cancer Fighting Cooking: Healthy Tricks and Treats
Wed., Oct. 30
5:30 p.m.
PCI Medical Pavilion
3rd Floor Community Room
**Use elevator at skywalk entrance
Registration required.
To register click here.
Grow Happy - Horticultural Healing Hanging Holiday Terrarium!
Tues., Nov. 5
4 - 4:45 p.m.
Cook Wellness Center
Registration required.
To register click here.
Caregiver's Quality of Life Retreat
This free event is for family caregivers
living with cancer or another serious illness.

Wed., Nov. 6
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Prairiewoods Retreat Center
120 E. Boyson Rd. | Hiawatha

Thank you to the St. Luke’s Hospital Auxiliary for their generous donation to make this event possible.

To register click here.
Group Oncology Skin Care
Thur., Nov. 14
11 a.m.
Cook Wellness Center
Click here to register.


Tues., Nov. 26
4:30 p.m.
Cook Wellness Center
Attend our Free Tobacco Cessation Educational Event
Wed., Nov. 20
4-6:30 p.m.
Cook Wellness Center
Click here to register.

If you or a loved one have been thinking about quitting and are ready to take action, consider attending our FREE One Day to a Tobacco-Free Life event to help kick off the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout (GASO)! It’s an opportunity for people who smoke or use tobacco products to commit to healthy, tobacco-free lives – not just for a day, but for life!
Children's Holiday Celebration
Mon., Dec. 9
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Physicians' Clinic of Iowa - Atrium
Click here to register.

Thank you!!
Thank you to all who supported our Grow Happy fundraiser on Oct. 5.

Thanks to your generosity, we raised $28,000 (includes gift-in-kind) for local cancer patients!

We would also like to thank  Physicians' Clinic of Iowa P.C. Surgery Center Cedar Rapids Culver's Garden Center & Greenhouse  and all our sponsors!
Thank you to our local supporters!
Faith Mission Thrift Store  out of Coggon, Iowa donated $500 towards breast cancer care. We are so appreciative of their donation! It will help so many of our local cancer patients!
New Community Cancer Center Apparel
"Three Sisters" Squash, Corn, & Black Bean Salad
You’ll notice that we are starting our newsletter article with the recipe for the month. This will make more sense after you read this interesting article. We even include a history lesson with this article too.
 Next Spring, consider planting your own “Three Sister’s Garden” and next fall you can enjoy the garden’s bounty from your own garden.
Beth and Mary Beth
Image © John Cochran
When Your Partner Has Breast Cancer
Some (Not So) Obvious Caregiving Tips from a Husband’s Perspective
by Keith T. Hardeman

There are few things more frightening than a cancer diagnosis for your spouse. This was our new life change a couple of years ago when my wife, Shelley, received her breast cancer diagnosis. As her caregiver, I learned how the dreadful cocktail of emotional distress, professional obligations, and new caregiving responsibilities made for an overwhelming combination. In addition, the duties of cooking, cleaning, dishes, and laundry that we previously shared fell exclusively on my shoulders during intense portions of her chemotherapy. It often meant staying up until midnight and rising at 4 a.m. to keep up. But there was no other choice, as my wife was fiercely coping with a life-threatening situation and a marathon of harrowing treatment.
To read the rest of this article click here.
Keith T. Hardeman is a professor of speech communication at Westminster College in Fulton, MO.

This article was published in Coping® with Cancer  magazine, September/October 2019. 
The Great American Smokeout®
Quitting smoking isn’t easy. It takes time. And a plan. You don’t have to stop smoking in one day. Start with day one. Let the Great American Smokeout event on November 21 be your day to start your journey toward a smoke-free life. You’ll be joining thousands of people who smoke across the country in taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing your cancer risk. Plus, the American Cancer Society can help you access the resources and support you need to quit.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Students of the Year Nominations
SoY ( https://studentsoftheyear.or is a 7 week (February 12th – April 1st) philanthropic leadership competition between high school students in Eastern Iowa communities. All of the funds raised during this campaign will go towards LLS’s mission: to cure blood cancers and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Participating in the campaign allows students to develop their entrepreneurship, marketing, project management, and communication skills ( all of which look great on a college resume!). The title “Student of the Year” and a scholarship to the college of their choice, is awarded to the student that raises the most funds during the 7 week campaign. 
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