Etcetera - 06/23/11

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In partnership with the American Cancer Society, Providence St. Mary Medical Center offers the Cancer Resource Center program in Walla Walla.

Some of the funds raised through the recent Walla Walla Relay For Life will fund the Cancer Resource Center, said Todd Courtney, American Cancer Society quality of life manager.

Volunteers at the Cancer Resource Center provide information to cancer patients and their families about all the programs available to them.

This includes details on cancer diagnoses, types of treatment, such as chemotherapy and radiation, and early detection and risk reduction. Volunteers have access to data on community programs and services, ongoing cancer research and dates and times for local American Cancer Society programs.

Forty-four teams took to the track by Borleske Stadium earlier in June to raise money for the American Cancer Society and its efforts to continue funding cancer research, its legislative advocacy, and its many educational and patient service programs.

Some of the Relay procees will go toward American Cancer Society cancer research and legislative advocacy in Washington state and nationally.

American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center volunteers offer information regarding the patient's cancer diagnoses, types of treatment - including chemotherapy and radiation, and early detection and risk reduction. They also have access to information regarding community programs and services, ongoing cancer research, and dates and times for local American Cancer Society programs.

Because Providence St. Mary Cancer Center Cancer Resource Center is successful, seven volunteers are being sought to help staff the facility, Todd said in a release. Volunteers are asked to work a set schedule, usually four-hour shifts at least once per week.

A training for prospective volunteers will be from 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday in St. Joseph Room B at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. For more information and to RSVP, contact Todd at 509-783-1574 or email todd.courtney@cancer.org.

Two Walla Walla Community College students were honored in the 2011 Be Like Mike contest.

As the winner, WWCC culinary arts student Kristin Swaggart of Kennewick expects to shadow Michael Ty, president of the American Culinary Federation, during the national convention at Dallas in July. And Walla Wallan Sierra Grden, a member of the ACF Northwest Wine Country Chapter, was named a semifinalist, according to an article in the June 15 Tri-City Herald.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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