Treasure Chests of the FitzPatrick Cancer Center

Each year we see women diagnosed at younger ages, and we see more and more women in their 20s with breast cancer, Goller said.

We are trying to create a grass- roots organization here in this area with more community involvement, said Goller, noting that the Race for the Cure and sponsorships and grant funding is centered in Albany.

CVPHs FitzPatrick Cancer Center has been awarded grant funding totaling $80,000, which has allowed for them to offer the Doorways to Healing oncology retreats held at the nearby and picturesque Valcour Conference Center.

Goller has attended some of the workshops, which were facilitated by Merideth Whitney.

They [the workshops] help you to deal with the whole situation surrounding a diagnosis of cancer, she began to explain.

They help you learn ways of communicating with your family, she added, and we can all relate to each other, which helps tremendously.

I was amazed at how very quickly the sisterhood bonds formed, Berry added, it helps with the whole process of going through the treatments and living with cancer.

And the workshops are offered free of charge to survivors, said Goller, Elli Collins (oncology nurse specialist) in the FitzPatrick Cancer Center is the facilitator for the workshops of which there have been several over the past four years.

As for the upcoming race there are several ways the community can be of help.

You can join as a team member and run, walk or even sleep-in (in the event that you cannot participate, but would still like to be a team member) for the cure. Registration forms can be picked up from Elli Collins at the FitzPatrick Cancer Centerbut hurry, registration forms must be in by Sept. 19or you can also register online at www.albanyraceforthecure.com . The registration charge of $25 earns you a Race for the Cure T-shirt.

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