Mercy to host community cancer expo
One-stop event will offer resources, education
Mercy Hospital Cassville will host its first Community Cancer Expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, aiming to provide a one-stop shop of resources for those who have been diagnosed with cancer or who have loved ones who have been diagnosed.
The event is free, open to the public, and will be held in the parking lot of Mercy Hospital, located at 94 Main St. in Cassville. Door prizes and lunch will be provided. Donations are accepted but not required.
"We want to provide this service to the community so they have the resources and and information they need in the unfortunate event they or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer," said Doug Stroemel, administrator at Mercy Hospital Cassville, Aurora and Berryville, Ark.
With assistance 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 services and local resources, including: Roark Family Health, Access Clinics, Cassville Rehab and Healthcare, Roaring River Rehab, the Ozark Area Action Corporation's Barry County Neighborhood Center, Whitley Pharmacy and the Cassville Senior Center.
"The treatment cycle for cancer isn't easy," said Keith Daniels, vice president of the Southwest Missouri Cancer Support Group and organizer of the 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 will offer educational materials, giveaways and contact information for patients seeking 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 said. "We also hope to educate patients about our regular cancer support meetings, which are being planned for this fall."
To learn more about support meetings, Daniels can be reached at 417-342-3704.
For more information about the Community Cancer Expo, people may call Vicki Punch at 417-847-5225.