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Celebrating first anniversary of Jack’s Place

Carolyn Pope
Carolyn PopeJack and Kathleen Eck.

A few years ago, after the Shaw Cancer Center was built, a group consisting mostly of strong-minded women had a vision of patients having a place to stay during treatment. Many patients traveled great distances for the exceptional treatment from the center, and the time spent on the road was difficult and tiring.

This group formed The Shaw Outreach Team, and their dream, one year ago, became a reality with the building of Jack’s Place, named after Dr. Jack Eck.

Last week, the group celebrated its first year, which saw almost 70 patients of the cancer center utilize the beautiful building during their treatments.

“It surprises many people when I tell them that working at Jack’s Place is an uplifting experience, the opposite of what they may expect,” said Brandon Mays, who manages Jack’s Place. “The reason for this is the strength, courage and will to persevere that I witness just about every day.”

The Shaw Outreach team is co-chaired by Suzy Donohue and Mary Randall. Others who round out the team include Dale Aden, Ann Becher Smead, David Brock, Sara Charles, Sue Franciose, Lynn Gottlieb, Cheryl Jensen, Elaine Kelton, Ag Meek, Lisa Pease, Tracey Samdahl and Janet Testwuide.

The home not only houses people, staff and volunteers; it also places an emphasis on fitness, wellness and holistic cancer treatments. Classes are offered in yoga, nutrition and cooking. Its new goal is to expand these programs and bring together patients from different communities.

New giving opportunities are always available, as it costs more than $200,000 per year to operate Jack’s Place. Giving opportunities include an “Adopt a Guest” program and memorial gifts. For information on how you can help support Jack’s Place, call Brandon Mays at (970) 569-7645.

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