Labor Day approaches with preparations to start or return to school, with focus on families, especially those who face extra challenges with members and loved ones who are dealing with cancer.
The Redondo Beach Cancer Support Community at 109 West Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach, invites adults with cancer, parents of children with cancer, their families and friends to the following free programs for fall: Welcome Meetings are held every Friday at 11 a.m. or on Monday at 6:30 p.m. On August 27 from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., Steffy Trousdale, LVN, COF, will present “Lymphedema A to Z.” Learn about the signs and symptoms, treatments and resources for assistance. Those who are age 40 and under who are diagnosed with cancer are invited to join, find support and view the inspiring film, “Wrong Way to Hope: Young Adults & Cancer” on August 31. It will be shown from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., followed by a light dinner and discussion. On September 15, the drop-in networking group for lung cancer patients and their loved ones will be held from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Belinda Sanders will present “ Easily Caring for a Loved One during Illness, Treatment, Surgery or Aging” on September 17 from
10 a.m.-12 p.m. For information, call (310) 376-3550 or online at www.cancersupportcommunity.org or www.cancersupportredondobeach.org
During Labor Day weekend, September 3, 4 and 5, 2011, the 39th Annual Cancer Convention sponsored by the Cancer Control Society will feature over 40 speakers, films and exhibits focusing on alternative therapies for the general public and professionals. The venue is the Sheraton Universal in Universal City, across from Universal Studios Hollywood. For information, call (323) 663-7801 or online www.cancercontrolsociety.com
A fun-filled, creative journey of exploration awaits the attendees of “Rediscovering Your Purpose and Passion: Four Steps to Help You Rediscover Your Purpose and Spark Your Passion.” Linda Cotter’s session is on September 12, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Healthy Living, 2550 Via Tejon in Palos Verdes Estates. Torrance Memorial Medical Center offers low-dose CT screening to those between ages of 55-74 with a significant smoking history and with a physician referral. Cost is $350. Oncology Nurse Practitioner Paula Bauer explains that the screening is appropriate for those without lung cancer, the symptoms of which include persistent cough, unexplained weight loss and coughing up blood. Log in www.TorranceMemorial.org/Lung Screening or call (310) 517-4665.
Those with lung problems can join Lively Lungs, a supervised fitness program on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon, in 3-East, Cadiopulmonary Gym, Providence Little Company of Mary, San Pedro. For information call (310) 832-3311, ext. 6268. Fee is $40 for 10 sessions.
Long Beach Memorial Medical Center’s TeamSpirit Breast and Ovarian Cancer 10K Walk 2011 will be held on Saturday, September 24. Walker check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. and the event starts at
8 a.m. at McKenna’s on The Bay, 190 Marina Drive, Long Beach. Register and pay online at www.teamspiritwalk.com