Join Us on Jan. 30 for ‘Beyond Cancer: Finding Joy’

Nov 30, 2015

Cancer survivors, family, friends, caregivers and the Tucson community are invited to attend Beyond Cancer: Finding Joy, presented by Community Cancer Connections at the University of Arizona College of Nursing. This unique event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, from 8 a.m. (first session begins at 9 a.m.) to 3 p.m., at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort at 7000 N. Resort Drive in Tucson.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 340,000 cancer survivors reside in Arizona alone. Although many programs exist to support patients undergoing cancer treatment in the Tucson community, very few are available to help cancer survivors reclaim their lives after treatment is over. In response to this unmet need, the first annual Beyond Cancer event was held in 2015.

The focus of the 2016 event is “finding joy” after cancer treatment. Presenters will include keynote speaker Dr. Ann Marie Chiasson, from the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, and Khevin Barnes, a cancer survivor, award-winning comedy magician and laughter yoga instructor. A variety of activities (sound therapy, dance, healthy cooking demonstrations), lectures (intimacy and cancer, oral health), and therapies (massage, Reiki, reflexology, Bowenwork) to promote healthy living and long-term wellbeing will be offered.

Doors open at 8 a.m. and registration is $20. For full schedule and registration, please visit http://uacommunitycancerconnections.org/content/beyond-cancer-finding-joy. A limited amount of scholarship funding to attend this event is available. Please contact Leah Campos for more information.

About Community Cancer Connections:

Community Cancer Connections is a community partnership project with a focus on improving the lives of those affected by cancer. Led by faculty and staff at the UA College of Nursing, the aim of the project is to provide information about resources and services in Arizona that promote the health and wellbeing of cancer survivors and their families.

Dr. Mary Koithan, associate dean of professional and community engagement and the Anne Furrow Professor of Integrative Nursing at the UA College of Nursing, is the director of this project. An internationally recognized leader in whole-systems healing and research methodologies, Dr. Koithan is also a breast cancer survivor of 14 years.

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About the University of Arizona College of Nursing

At the University of Arizona College of Nursing, our faculty envision, engage and innovate in education, research and practice to help people of all ages optimize health in the context of major life transitions, illnesses, injuries, symptoms and disabilities. Established in 1957, our college ranks among the top nursing programs in the United States.