Moments after a cancer diagnosis, the path forward may seem impossible. From unanswered questions to the uncertainty of where to turn, wouldn’t it be helpful if many of those resources were in the same place at the same time?
On Friday, Sept. 11, Mercy Hospital Cassville will host the inaugural Community Cancer Expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. With help from the Southwest Missouri Cancer Support Group, Mercy will have oncology, hospice and dietary experts on hand, as well as experts representing many of the region’s top cancer specialties and services:
“The treatment cycle for cancer isn’t easy,” said Keith Daniels, vice president of the Southwest Missouri Cancer Support Group and organizer of the Sept. 11 event. “You may have to see a physician, an oncologist, a surgeon and sometimes a radiation clinician and chemotherapy specialist. We want to give the community an opportunity to see, up close, whom they can turn to when they need help the most.”
Area organizations plan to offer educational material, giveaways and contact information for patients seeking anything from screenings, treatment or rehabilitation. There will also be a raffle for a quilt donated by the Ozark Country Quilters Club, with proceeds to benefit cancer outreach, education and support in the local community.
“You don’t need to bring anything, except maybe a list of questions,” Daniels added. “We also hope to educate patients about our regular cancer support meetings, which are being planned for this fall.” To learn more, Daniels can be reached at 417-342-3704.
The free event on Sept. 11 will be held in the parking lot of Mercy Hospital Cassville, located at 94 Main Street. Donations are accepted but not required. Door prizes and lunch will be provided. For more information about the Community Cancer Expo, call Vicki Punch at 417-847-5225.