Janet Day: Diagnosed with cancer? Grand County can help
Talk of the Valley
Cancer, Chemo and Compassion. Who doesn’t know or know of a woman fighting breast cancer? Anyone? Didn’t think so. Unfortunately, there seems to have been a recent spate of new diagnoses among women living in the Fraser Valley.
Grand County doesn’t yet offer oncology treatment. Denver’s the destination for chemo, radiation and all that, but there are other services and assistance available locally, services that are trying hard to grow.
Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood in Granby is a provider for the Women’s Wellness Connection program, which allows eligible Colorado women to receive free clinical breast exams, mammograms, pelvic exams and Pap tests. Visit http://www.womenswellnessconnection.org/ for more details.
Wigs are available at Kut Above salon in Winter Park or patients can have them brought to a private location to try them on and then have them trimmed or styled.
American Cancer Society Quality of Life Relationship Manager Judy Simpson (email@example.com) has gas cards and hotel vouchers available to help those seeking treatment outside of Grand County. She’s also organizing a training session for cosmetologists interested in helping with a “Look Good … Feel Better” program for this area. The nationwide program provides free, non-medical, brand-neutral assistance to help individuals with cancer look good, improve their self-esteem and maintain confidence through treatment and recovery. For details, visit http://www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org/.
Simpson also is hoping to put together a list of volunteers willing to drive cancer patients to/from treatments.
Anyone can help these efforts by participating in or donating to participants in the 3rd Annual Grand County Relay for Life at Middle Park High School’s track Aug. 8 and 9 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. (because cancer never sleeps). The event will include live music, food and drink donated by Fontenot’s, Hernando’s, Winter Park Pub, Smokin’ Moes and Subway, plus a barbecue sponsored by Mountain Parks Electric and breakfast courtesy of the Granby Rotary. Be sure to see the luminaria ceremony at sunset when the school’s track is lit with candles to support women fighting breast cancer and honor those taken by the disease.
Relay donations from the past two years mean Grand County cancer patients can get assistance with meals via grocery/restaurant gift cards, pet food from Max’s Full Belly Deli program and small hardware/home type items.
Get Outside! Summer’s short up here – make good use of it. Why not learn to fly fish? Devil’s Thumb Ranch can help make sure you don’t snag your ear or shorts, or at least not too often.
If you and your friends are serious about learning to catch the elusive mountain trout, consider the Ranch’s two-day fly-fishing clinic Aug. 22 and 23. You’ll spend time in a classroom and on the water learning everything you need to know about fish, flies and fly rods and something called “why trout do what they do.”
Or learn to paint, which can also be an outside activity. A four-day plein air (outdoors) landscape painting workshop with Colorado artist Marston A. Jaquis will be held Aug. 2 through 7 at Arts on Park Avenue in Grand Lake. For more information or to register, contact Karen Norberg at (941) 623-3720.
Join Colorado artis Kathryn A. McMahon from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 12, 13 and 14 for either a plein air (outdoors) or studio painting workshop. For more information or to register, call Sheryl Ladahman at (303) 570-1671 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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