Canton, Ohio: Mercy Medical Center offered breast cancer survivors an afternoon and evening of relaxation, education, exercise and great food at the second annual Surviving is Thriving event held March 12 at Glenmoor Country Club and Spa. Over 125 people attended the event, which included free spa services – facials, pedicures, manicures and massage – educational and exercise classes and dinner.
Educational programs included a question and answer session about life after breast cancer led by Dina K. Rooney, M.D., medical director of Mercy Breast Care Center; Is it Ever Too Late, a look at reconstruction options, presented by Michael P. McCormack, D.O., plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Mercy Medical Center, and additional programs on the topics of lymphedema, nutrition and healthy eating, skin care and make-up, and zumba and other exercise classes.
New this year was a program for men titled Partners in Survival. Presented by Marc Heyison, founder of Men Against Breast Cancer, the interactive program focused on the range of emotions men feel after their spouse’s cancer diagnosis, during treatment and post-cancer.
The evening concluded with dinner in the chapel and a performance by Jackson High School’s steel drum band. "I am so glad I was able to share in such a wonderful event," said breast cancer survivor Elena Maria Lopez. "It helped me to celebrate my life."
This event was supported in part by Susan G. Komen for the Cure Northeast Ohio Chapter.
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carroll County, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.
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