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New Hope and Healing Series Offered at Anderson Cancer Center

New Hope and Healing Series Presented by the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley Now Offered at St. Luke's Cancer Center - Anderson Campus

Programs offered through exclusive regional partnership to enrich the lives of those affected by cancer

Labyrinth Meditation

Instructor Deb Yetter (center)
leads a group through the labyrinth,
a centuries-old meditation practice.

Bethlehem Township, PA (3-1-2013) - Through a new exclusive regional partnership with St. Luke's University Health Network, the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley (CSC) is now offering a series of creative classes at St. Luke's Cancer Center-Anderson Campus, primarily in the Hope and Healing Room. Any person or loved one affected by cancer can register for this series regardless of where they are being treated.

See the March 2013 Calendar.

"Since 2004, the local arm of this international nonprofit organization has offered support services and programs for people affected by cancer in our community," says Liz Scofield, interim director, Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley. "However, this is the first time the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley has offered a regularly scheduled creative series outside of our Bethlehem headquarters. We are extremely proud of the meaningful work we do and delighted to have this opportunity to extend our services at the new St. Luke's Cancer Center in Bethlehem Township."

"Through this creative series, people will have the opportunity to interact with others and learn new skills and, as a result, their lives will be enriched," says Cancer Support Community program director Jennifer Sinclair, M.Ed, NCC, LPC. "Our ultimate goal is to reduce isolation and restore hope so those affected by cancer can regain a sense of control in their lives regardless of the stage of disease."

The Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley has offered hope, reassurance and camaraderie to thousands of men and women living with cancer and their families for nearly a decade. For many participating members, the work of the Cancer Support Community has made a tremendous difference in their outlook and quality of life. It has for member Steve Drechsler, of Easton. "At Cancer Support Community, I feel that I deal with cancer so well that I can help others," says Steve. "There is a lot of give and take here. People in my support group take turns being inspiring."

Labyrinth Meditation

Connie Rampulla-White watches
Becky Morgan (l) and Pat Talijan (r)
walk the labyrinth.

"We are thrilled to have these programs available not only to our cancer patients, but anyone affected by cancer, and thankful to the Cancer Support Community and a very special St. Luke's benefactor, Mrs. Elaine Emrick, for making it possible," says Lee B. Riley, MD, PhD, FACS, Medical Director, Oncology Services, St. Lukes' University Health Network. Dr. Riley also serves on the Board of the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley. Mrs. Emrick, a resident of Bethlehem Township, made the contribution for the Hope & Healing Series in memory of her daughter Tammi Emrick, who lost her battle with cancer.

Programs are taught by experienced, qualified instructors and include:

  • T'ai Chi. Engage in gentle, flowing movement to achieve a state of relaxation of both body and mind.
  • Drumming. Experience the special qualities of a drum circle to help release anger, create joy, alter brain rhythms, induce meditation and provide deep sacred healing.
  • Art of Healing Dance. Discover Mudra-gestures and movements used in India's classical dance guide energy flow and reflexes to the brain.
  • Labyrinth. Walk the labyrinth path in this centuries-old meditation practice.
  • Jewelry Making. Join in the companionship, creativity and stress relief while creating something wonderful. Supplies are provided.
  • Journaling. Put pen to paper when you study creative writing techniques and engage your imagination.
  • Men's Group. Find support, education, stress reduction and gentle movement as you discuss unique issues with other male survivors and co-survivors through guest speakers and facilitators.
  • Heart Rhythm Meditation. Learn to synchronize heart and breath and watch your progress on an accompanying computer program that displays bio rhythms.
  • Yoga. Practice mild stretching and deep breathing to accompany the many poses.
  • Creative Expression. Learn to use art as supportive expression through collage, colored pencils, craypas and paints.

Programs are free, but registration is required. New members are encouraged to attend a Newcomer Orientation session held at 10 am on the second Tuesday of every month. Cancer survivors introduce new members to the services and programs offered by the Cancer Support Community in a relaxed environment.

Call the Cancer Support Community at 610-861-7555 or email to register or more information on the class offerings, dates and times.

See the March 2013 Calendar.

Contact Information

Sue Ross
Director, Marketing & Public Relations
St. Luke's University Health Network

Jennifer Sinclair
Program Director
Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley
610-861-7555, ext. 26

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