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Gilda's Club Grand Rapids hosts free informative cancer series
Gilda's Club Grand Rapids hosts free informative cancer series

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Throughout October, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids will host a free series focused on educating and assisting those impacted by cancer.

This series will include "Cut the Cancer," a martial arts based movement program, and a speaker series featuring experts in the fields of health, wellness and finance.

“We’re excited to bring these opportunities to the community at no cost to attendees,” said Beth Nelson, program director at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. “We’re continually searching for new ways of expanding our programs and we believe that these events will be of great benefit to those impacted by cancer.”

On October 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., children and adults are invited to take part in Cut the Cancer, which derives from the martial arts of Aikido philosophy and has been developed specifically for cancer patients. Led by Chicago instructor Tim Spies, participants will work with the sword as they get a physical workout and also begin to “cut” away any fears.

“This program provides the hope and fortitude necessary to turn a difficult experience like cancer into a preventative way of life,” said Spies. “Our goal is to help people learn how to apply these techniques to their daily stresses and be able to live in calmness.”

Additionally, beginning October 8, Gilda’s Club is offering a free speaker series open to the community that focuses on the cost of cancer and addresses developments in the areas of three cancer types. Child care will be provided for those who call the Clubhouse to register, at (616) 453-8300.

Frankly speaking about advanced breast cancer with Dr. Keto

Tuesday, October 8, 7 p.m. -8 p.m.

Dr. Jessica Keto, associate medical director of the Comprehensive Breast Center at St. Marys’ Lacks Cancer Center, will offer vital information on topics ranging from treatment and proactive side-effect management, to short and longer-term quality of life issues. Free books about advanced breast cancer will be provided.

Frankly speaking about melanoma with Dr. Pimiento

Monday, October 14, 7-8 pm

Presented by Dr. Jose Pimiento, surgical oncologist at St. Marys’ Lacks Cancer Center, this workshop offers insight into managing a melanoma diagnosis, making treatment decisions, and coping with the emotional and practical obstacles people face after diagnosis.

Frankly speaking about lung cancer with Dr. Shabahang

Monday, October 21, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.

Dr. Bruce Shabahang, thoracic surgeon at Lacks Cancer Center, will offer vital information about the most current lung cancer treatments, strategies for symptom/side effect management, and tools for survivorship. Those on a lung cancer journey will learn how to build a proactive relationship with their health care team. Free comprehensive booklets about lung cancer treatment and care will be provided. Guests are welcome.

Frankly speaking about cost of care

Tuesday, October 22, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.

In the wake of out-of-pocket expense increases for cancer care, this presentation is designed to help streamline crucial resources available to people in treatment for cancer. Led by a financial expert, Kimberly Bolker, CFP, this presentation provides patients and their families a practical guide to help them navigate the complex challenges of managing the cost of care. A complimentary book will be provided.

All events will take place at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, located at 1806 Bridge Street NW. For more information on these events and Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, please visit www.gildasclubgr.org.