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Rural Conference for Cancer Survivors

  • Cancer Survivors LogoThe sixth annual Rural Conference for Cancer Survivors is being hosted by Saint Francis University’s DiSepio Institute for Rural Health & Wellness in Loretto on Saturday, May 21st from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This special event is open to survivors, their families, and everyone who supports them. Information and materials will be provided from many participating organizations and programs dedicated to helping survivors. The event is free to all attendees and lunch will be provided. Numerous door prizes will also be awarded to those present! Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required before May 13th.

    2016 Rural Conference for Cancer Survivors Agenda

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  • Session/Speaker Information

    Griffith Family Foundation:


    The Griffith Family Foundation was founded by Cathy Griffith and her sons in honor of their father Greg Griffith, who lost a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer in 2011. Donations to the Foundation support research to find a cure for this terrible and deadly disease. The Foundation seeks to provide medical, psychological, holistic, and spiritual support to those suffering from the disease, as well providing solace and fellowship for families and friends. The Griffith Family Foundation’s signature initiative is Sideline Cancer®, which was started in 2012 by a motivated group of students to help advance pancreatic cancer research.


    Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund:


    Doreen Perks of the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund, lost her husband to cancer and started Fund to help ease the financial burden of individuals and families in the local community who are battling cancer by providing funding for basic necessities so their focus is on treatment and recovery. Since its inception in 2006, the Fund has raised and allocated over $1,000,000 to local cancer patients facing financial hardship in Blair, Centre, Clearfield and Huntingdon Counties. The Fund helps provide short-term financial assistance to cancer patients who are unable to pay for basic necessities such as rent, utilities, and food while they are undergoing cancer treatments.

    Dr. Laura Olienyk: 


    Dr. Laura Olienyk is the Chief of Pharmacy at the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona.  She will present on pharmaceutical advances to treatment of cancer.


    Brother Shamus McGrenra, T.O.R.:


    Brother Shamus McGrenra, T.O.R., is well-known at Saint Francis University as the Director of International Admissions. This Franciscan friar, who is a cancer survivor, is as much known for his smiling, positive attitude as he is for his annual bicycle ride to benefit the campus' Dorothy Day Center, an outreach provider to the region. Brother Shamus wants cancer patients to know there is always hope.

    Contact Information

    Contact Us

    DiSepio Institute
    for Rural Health and Wellness
    108 Franciscan Way
    Loretto, PA 15940
    Phone: 814-472-3923
    Fax: 814-471-1311

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