Dr. Joanie Mayer Hope and her band (Any Mountain Campfire) with professional vocalist, Melissa Mitchell, Misha Baskerville and Kat Moore, singing original inspirational songs at the Cancer Connection Community Health Forum held on Oct. 29 at Centennial Hall. (Courtesy Photo)

Dr. Joanie Mayer Hope and her band (Any Mountain Campfire) with professional vocalist, Melissa Mitchell, Misha Baskerville and Kat Moore, singing original inspirational songs at the Cancer Connection Community Health Forum held on Oct. 29 at Centennial Hall. (Courtesy Photo)

Thank you letter for the week of Nov. 13

Thank you, merci, danke, gracias, gunalchéesh.

Thank you for making Community Health Forum a success

Cancer Connection’s Annual Community Health Forum was held in person for the first time in three years on 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 29, at Centennial Hall.

The keynotespeaker was Dr. Joanie Mayer Hope, an Anchorage-based gynecologic oncologist and the theme of the event was Thriving at Home: State of the Art Cancer Care in Alaska.

Dr. Hope’s presentation was a multi-media performance that included her band (Any Mountain Campfire) with professional vocalist, Melissa Mitchell, Misha Baskerville, and Kat Moore, singing original inspirational songs. Dr. Hope’s presentation included in-depth information regarding cancer care in Alaska using slides, videos, music and dancing as well as testimonials from cancer survivors. It was moving and powerful.

Thanks to our sponsors: Bartlett Regional Hospital, Southeast Radiation Oncology Center. Thank you for the grants received specifically for our Health Forum event from Juneau Community Foundation, Southeast Radiation and Oncology and the State of Alaska Division of Public Health.

Thank you to our Co-Supporters: Breeze In and PEO Chapter D for the delicious food and help with set up and take down and Rainbow Foods for donation of the delicious tea. Web wizard Corey Murphy, Printing Trade Company, and the event planning committee:Sheryl Weinburg, Kari Natwick, Molly McCormick, and Jenna O’Fontanella. Thank you to the cancer survivors who spoke at the event and gave personal testimonies and thank you to all the Cancer Connection Board members who helped at the event. We also thank our steadfast exhibitors/supporters, past and future, that supply pertinent health resources to the community: AARP, American Red Cross, BRH Oncology/ Patient Navigator, BRH Diagnostic Imaging, Cancer Connection, CCS/ Southeast Senior, Foundation for the End-of-Life Care, Healing Touch Alaska, Let Every Woman Know, NAMI- Juneau, SAIL and SEARHC Wise Woman Program.

Jenna O’Fontanella for Cancer Connection

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