GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo.-
From cancer survivors to doctors, people are drawn to the Calaway Young Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs.
"It's all about making sure the patient's cancer is treated, but also we treat their soul," explains Dr. Armando Armas, from Calaway Young Cancer Center.
During its first year the Calaway Young Cancer Center has treated several hundred local patients, who were able to remain in close proximity to family and friends.
"Previously patients from this area have had to travel for radiation therapy treatments either out of Grand Junction, or through the Glenwood Canyon to Edwards. Where as now, we are able to offer radiation therapy treatments here," explains Dr. Bruce Greene, the Medical Director for Radiation Oncology at Calaway Young Cancer Center.
But it is not just the center's location that captivates many.
"We have under one roof not only radiation oncology services, but also medical oncology services, infusion services, and very importantly integrative therapy services," explains Greene.
In integrative services, employees are trained to be attuned to all of the subtleties that may not be picked up in other venues of the cancer center.
"We watch for foot tapping, that busy-ness, where it is indicative of a patient who's nervous system is on high alert. We then can gently invite them into a space that is very personable," describes Kiffany Brown, the Coordinator for Integrative Therapies at Calaway Young.
"The beautiful thing about it is chemo and radiation cover the physical part. The integrative therapies program covers the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects," explains Patty Grace, a cancer survivor as well as a Care Coordinator for Integrative Therapies at Calaway Young.
What is fascinating about the center can also be said about the facility's fundraiser, Rally the Valley, with every single dollar going back to the patients at Calaway.
"When you get cancer, you may end up without a job, and not have any money coming in to pay for your mortgage, for your groceries. I have patients who if they didn't have the help from Rally the Valley, they wouldn't be able to pay their mortgage, they'd be out of a home," comments Armas.
"I would cry endlessly, I would need a box of Kleenex's if I was to share all of the stories from our patients and the value they've received because they got the extra care," describes Brown.
"Our sense of community is absolutely enormous and when there is something that needs to be done, we all pull together and make it happen," comments Grace.
The 2013 Rally the Valley is on Saturday, Sept. 21 in Glenwood Springs. The public can rally by either participating in a 24.5 mile bike ride, a four mile walk, or a fun kids parade.
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