MRCC creates Hope Cancer Support Group for Lakeway Area residents
Since the opening of the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Resource Center at the Morristown Regional Cancer Center last year, it became evident there was a need for an outlet for oncology patients and their families.
“We had numerous volunteers tell us the need for a support group was one of the most common requests they received. We have several breast cancer survivor groups, but none for a male or female and that covers any type of cancer,” said Sarah Hooks, of the American Cancer Society.
Jessie Alder, MRCC social worker, saw the need as well.
“We wanted to create a group that could learn from each other, share experiences with each other, and support each other. The group will be a place to come to celebrate life,” Alder said.
As a result, employees and volunteers at MRCC created the Hope Cancer Support Group, which will meet monthly on the second Tuesday of each month. The inaugural meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 12 in the cancer center classroom at MHHS.
The meeting lasts for about an hour.
The group is open to the entire community who has been affected by cancer whether it is a current patient, a cancer survivor, or caregivers.
“I am really proud to work with such caring individuals, who see a need for something and make it happen. This is a much needed service in our community and will benefit many,” Dr. John Anderson, MRCC medical director, said.
Future plans for the group is to host speakers to address issues related to oncology, food and nutrition, healthy lifestyle, and much more.
There is no charge for attending the support group, and it is open to the entire community.
For more information, or to register, contact the Morristown Regional Cancer at 423-492-6200.