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A Center for Cancer Survivors

For people living in Central Minnesota, it’s encouraging to know there are more than 7,000 cancer survivors who have received treatment and support from St. Cloud Hospital’s Coborn Cancer Center. And it’s exciting to know there are plans to develop a new facility that will offer everything patients and family members need once cancer treatment is complete.

“It can be emotionally difficult for patients to come back to the Cancer Center for supportive services after they have received treatment,” said Sonya Wieber, section director at Coborn Cancer Center. “This is why the new center will be built adjacent to, but separate from, the Cancer Center. We’re also excited to partner with the community in ways that will make this center a model for other cancer treatment programs across the country.”

One example is the Expressive Arts Program, which will be a partnership with local art students who earn college credits by helping facilitate art classes for patients, family members and even caregivers. This allows participants to express their emotions and experiences through art, which has proven therapeutic benefits. The center will also offer nutrition counseling and dietary programs, as well as integrative therapy programs, like yoga designed especially for cancer patients.

The CentraCare Health Foundation is leading a capital campaign that will help make this dream a reality. The Coborn Family Foundation generously donated $1 million to start the campaign, which has a goal of $3.2 million (the facility will be 100% donor funded). Once the capital campaign goal is reached, construction will begin. The hope is to complete fundraising efforts by Spring 2017 so the new center can open in late 2017.

To learn more, or to make a gift, visit: http://www.centracare.com/foundation/areas-of-need/cancer-survivorship-center/

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