For The Health Of It

Health is wealth.

And at this point in my life, I know this to be a great truth.

As many of you know, I have spent the better part of the past three years, since being diagnosed with a rare B Cell Lymphoma (possibly due to Round Up sprayed by a zealous weed hating landlady), on a journey back to wholeness.

After returning home from a week spent in Holy Cross Hospital, where I was cared for by angels in our community; nurses and doctors who dedicate their lives to their healing practices, I called my friend, the artist Tom Rogers. Tom had spent the past year or so healing from another form of Lymphoma, and I was interested in how he had approached his own healing journey.

He was the greatest cheerleader I could ever wish for, calling to check in on me frequently as bedridden, on oxygen, I made appointments with oncologists and other service providers, while I awaited treatment. His encouragement was treasured.

One of the things Tom encouraged me to do was to sign up with Holy Cross Hospital’s Cancer Support Services, an incredible resource in our community for people battling this malady that manifests in so many different forms, we collectively term “cancer”.

For a year I participated in the wonderful support groups started by Jason Pfiefer and at that time, facilitated by Jason and Liz Fox. Christine Sherwood now facilitates these groups that proved to be so valuable on my personal path back to health.

Along with the Tuesday evening support sessions, the services provided by this not for profit organization are valuable beyond measure; from house cleaning, help with shopping and groceries, to massage and acupuncture, with much more besides, they help people stricken with the disease cope more comfortably. All of these services are made possible through grants and private donations.

Cancer Support Services are hosting their 9th Annual  “For the Health of It” Cancer Support walk and Family Health Fair at Kit Carson Park on Saturday, June 29th!

“We offer many levels of sponsorship with  marketing opportunities for your business, or individual/team  participation in the walk, along with spaces for nonprofit health-related business to share their offerings.” Says Susan Strong, who works tirelessly to make these services possible.

Taos Cancer Support Services program helps anyone in Taos or Western Colfax County who is experiencing cancer.  By offering non-medical services and support, we strive to alleviate the emotional, physical and financial challenges for clients and their families.” She continues. “Last year we served over 130 clients helping with funds for transportation and lodging for  cancer treatments, massage and acupuncture treatments, support groups/grief & loss counseling and yoga/fitness classes, along with navigation to state and national resources.”

“Please join us in our fundraising efforts to support your friends and neighbors in need of our services. In case you don’t sponsor as a business, you can have individual registrants choose to form a team and walk together. It’s a great way to promote team building for your business or group.”

Time to get out those walking shoes! Also if you are a non-profit or health-related organization you may choose to have a booth at the health fair. 

For more information on Holy Cross Hospital’s Cancer Support Program and all the services they provide, along with more information on their fund-raising drive, please visit the site linked below.




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