All programs are offered at no cost. These programs INSPIRE, EDUCATE, and EMPOWER men and women touched by any type of cancer to be proactively engaged in their health and wellness.  View our Calendar of Events.  Before participating in our programs, we ask that you complete our general Program Participant Registration

Thank you to Pardee Hospital for donating program space at the Mission Pardee Health Campus, 2775 Hendersonville Road in Fletcher, 2nd Floor Conference Center above the YMCA.  Next door to Ingles Market.

Cancer Networking Connection
Date: 1st Tuesday of each month
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 

Mission Pardee Health Campus, 2775 Hendersonville Road in Fletcher,
2nd Floor Conference Center above the YMCA

Men and women affected by any type of cancer have a safe and supportive space to find strength, encouragement and connection with others facing similar experiences along the cancer journey. Participants may share common concerns and coping strategies with one another under the guidance of a licensed professional counselor.  Support persons are welcome to attend.  Sign-up here.

From Surviving Cancer to Thriving in Life: Post-Treatment Wellness Program
Date: 3rd Tuesday of each month
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Mission Pardee Health Campus, 2775 Hendersonville Road in Fletcher, 2nd Floor Conference Center above the YMCA

Embrace our Surthrivorship Model to promote emotional, mental, physical, social, and spiritual well-being for long-term “surthrivorship”. This monthly post-treatment wellness program offers men and women an opportunity to connect with other “surthrivors” and smoothly transition from surviving cancer to thriving in a healthier, happier life.  Knowledgeable and compassionate facilitators help survivors navigate their journey to health and wellness whether approaching the end of treatment, having completed treatment, or continuing with maintenance therapy. “Surthrivors” receive peer support, education, social connection, tools, and key lifestyle strategies to live a life FREE – Feel inspired, Release stress, Eat healthy, Exerciseof cancer.  Sign-up here.

The Healing Kitchen: Healthy Nutrition
Dates: April 10th, June 12th, September 11th, November 13th
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 

Mission Pardee Health Campus, 2775 Hendersonville Road in Fletcher, 2nd Floor Conference Center above the YMCA  

Healthy nutrition is essential to healing and protecting your body against cancer and disease. With the help of Elyse Ulrichs, Therapeutic Chef and Nutritionist, and Courtney Cox, Integrative Health Coach, learn how to create an optimal internal environment for healthy cells to thrive.  Learn how the body utilizes the food we eat and the best energy sources.  Learn how to strengthen your immune system and reduce inflammation with nutrient-rich whole foods, herbs and spices.  Learn how to create easy-to-prepare healthy meals on a budget.  Through knowledge, be empowered to make healthier food choices to lower your cancer risk and nourish your body for life. Open to the general public and free of charge.  Sign-up here.

A Day to be FREE Wellness Retreat: Lower Your Cancer Risk

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Time: Sign-in 8:30 a.m.  Event 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Lutheridge Camp & Conference Center, 2049 Upper Laurel Drive, Arden – GPS address is 2511 Hendersonville Road, Arden 

Every BODY is at risk of cancer.  Increase your awareness of the contributing dietary and lifestyle cancer risk factors. Lower your risk of developing certain cancers by making simple lifestyle modifications. Be introduced to healthy lifestyle behaviors that promote whole person health to be FREE Feel inspired, Release stress, Eat healthy, Exercise – of cancer.  Spend the day with knowledgeable presenters and special guest, Sharon Green, Radio Host of 99.9 KISS Country.  Enjoy new experiences, nutrition education, fun movement to music, a healthy boxed lunch followed by a chair massage or walking in nature on groomed trails. Open to the general public and free of charge.  Register here to reserve your spot as space is limited.  Registration closes May 11th.

Fall Weekend Retreat for Women
Dates: Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28, 2018
Check-in Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Lutheridge Camp and Conference Center, 2049 Upper Laurel Drive, Arden – GPS address is 2511 Hendersonville Road, Arden 

This annual retreat offers women cancer survivors a weekend to be FREE from the stresses of daily life in a nurturing environment and an opportunity to connect with other women facing a similar situation.  Enjoy an uplifting weekend centered around fellowship, new experiences, laughter, and whole person health.  Experience a gentle yoga, fun movement to music, nutrition education, stress release, healthy meals, walking in nature on groomed trails, connecting around an outdoor fire, and so much more.    NOTE:  Participants must be ambulatory, able to care for themselves, and well enough to stay the whole weekend. Register to reserve your spot as space is limited to 13 women.  Registration closes October 19th.

Mindful Movement: Yoga and Healthy-Steps™ 
Dates: TBD
Location: TBD

Restore physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.  This mindful movement program offers those touched by cancer a safe, non-intimidating space to exercise with ease, find freedom with a moving meditation practice, and be surrounded by a supportive community. Participants experience the health and healing benefits Yoga has on the body, mind, spirit, and lifeYoga classes include pose modifications, meditation, breathing techniques, final relaxation, and the use of props to enjoy the full experience.  Healthy-Steps™ is a fun and easy therapeutic movement class to help reduce many of the symptoms of lymphedema and is good for all physical abilities. A one-time signed Waiver is required to participate in all movement classes.  All movement classes are led by certified instructors who are cancer survivors.

Horses Help Heal Cancer Survivors (Private Sessions)
Dates: By Appointment Only April through November
Willow Pond Stables, 50 Lance Road, Arden

Recovering from the physical impact of the cancer experience is quicker than healing from the psychological impact. The horse can help us let go of fears, identify obstacles, and bring an awareness to what may be holding us back from living the life we desire. Because horses are energetically sensitive, they act as mirrors to our true feelings and emotions which they reflect back to us. Natural horse sense is being used to help cancer survivors cope with the challenges and fears they face after treatment. Sessions include meditation and yoga stretching. No horse experience is necessary.  No riding involved.  Click here to learn more.  Contact Catherine Desfosses at (828) 771-0885 to schedule your first session with Jewel.

Cancer Support Community Online Support and Resources

Through the Cancer Support Helpline, you can speak with a licensed mental health professional free of charge. 

Frankly Speaking About Cancer®cancer-related information and literature you can trust.  Frankly Speaking About Cancer® provides innovative health education through print and digital publications, eLearning courses, online materials, webinars, and a radio show.

CancerEd Online is the Cancer Support Community’s newest interactive educational program for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. CancerEd Online Quick Guides cover what you need to know about topics like self-advocacy, new ways of managing cancer care and precision medicine. Most quick guides last 5-10 minutes.  Click here to create an account – you only need to give your name and email address.

Join Cancer Support Community’s Cancer Experience Registry and help others by sharing your experience. This is a unique online community that allows people facing cancer an opportunity to share their experiences, identify the issues that impact their lives, take surveys, access resources, and learn from each other. There is no cost. It is confidential and open to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer or provides care to a cancer patient.

If you have questions or would like to learn how you can help support these much-needed programs, please contact Catherine Desfosses at 828-771-0885 or email cathy@cancersupportwnc.orgClick here to view our Privacy Policy & Program Participant Statement.

 My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style - Maya Angelou