Monthly Cancer Survivor Meet and Greet this Thursday

By: Carol Percy, Reporter
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 As community manager for local Relay for Life cancer fundraisers, Caron Russell strives to inform, educate and provide support services for cancer survivors and their families.

 To better serve the needs of cancer survivors, Russell sponsors Survivor Meet and Greet meetings at a local coffee shop on the third Thursday of every month. This month’s meeting will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 15) at the Country Harvest Bakery, 680 5th St., in downtown Lincoln.

 The monthly open house offers fellowship, support and information for cancer survivors, according to Russell.

 “People can just come and have coffee. You can meet others from the cancer community who have shared your struggle with how the disease affects you and your family,” Russell said. “You may find new resources for help or you can just come and relax.”

 Some of the services available are packets of information about cancer resources, an 800 number for patients or caregivers, “Road to Recovery” information about rides provided for cancer patients for chemotherapy, radiation and follow-up doctor appointments.

 Russell supports Relay for Life events in Wheatland, Lincoln and Auburn. The annual events generate funds to promote cancer awareness, cancer research, and patient and family services.

The Lincoln Relay for Life will be May 20 at Lincoln High School. To date, 100 cancer survivors are registered to participate in the event, Russell said.

 For more information about the Survivor Meet and Greet meetings, call Russell at 717-1351.