McDowell Hospital Hosts 2nd Annual Nat'l Cancer Survivor Event

Facing a cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event for many people. But McDowell Hospital is here to help. From preventive measures and tests, through diagnosis and treatment, our staff  is well trained to provide information, a shoulder to lean on, and an annual celebration party.

On Saturday, June 4, 2011, McDowell Hospital hosted their second, annual National Cancer Survivor Day event for all cancer survivors – anyone is considered a survivor at the point of  their diagnosis. Approximately 60 survivors gathered at the Marion City Depot for lunch, massage therapy, provided by McDowell Hospital Rehab, and music provided by Simple Folk Band. 
 “I always enjoy hosting this event because it’s a wonderful way to celebrate these survivors and their fight against cancer” stated Tonya Waycaster, RN, OCN, Nurse Navigator in the McDowell Cancer Care Partner Program. “Cancer is a growing disease, with one in every two men and one in every three women receiving a cancer diagnosis in our lifetime. Everyone will know someone with cancer.”
National Cancer Survivor Day is celebrated annually, on the first Saturday in June. For more information about this event, or about our services, please call Tonya Waycaster at 828-659-5364.
McDowell Cancer Care Partners is a collaboration of health care entities, created in 2008, to provice local cancer care in McDowell County.  This partnership includes McDowell Hospital, HealthPlus of McDowell Hospital, McDowell Surgical Services, Mission Health System, 21st Century Oncology, McDowell County Health Department, American Cancer Society, and Cancer Centers of western North Carolina, Asheville Hematology/Oncology.  Our nurse navigator is a registered nurse specially trained to help cancer patients and their families through screening and treatment.