MONEY, MONEY,MONEY- A NOTE FROM THE
A FUNDRAISING UPDATE$$$ HARVEST STOMPEDE
Our fall flower bulb sale was a great success
this year. We were able to raise over $900 Dear MTBR-ONS Members
for our treasury. Many returning customers
raved about the wonderful flowers that they On behalf of the Leelanau Wine Makers, the
were able to enjoy this past spring. We had Traverse City Track Club and the
a great participation of chapter members to participants of the 8th Annual Harvest
help with this great effort. Keep up the good Stompede, we want to extend our sincere
work. appreciation for the volunteers who assisted
in making the event such a success. We had
CHRISTMAS ADOPT-FAMILY TIME over 800 participants and this was BY FAR,
the most organized year we have ever had.
It's hard to believe but it's time to start Your ONS group was fundamental in
thinking about our holiday family adoption. making this possible.
Please think about our patients who are truly
needy and would benefit from our help. A special thanks to Brenda Bartz for
Munson group typically manages 2-3 families, organizing the volunteers and to the others
or one really large family. Petoskey and
Cheboygan have their tradition. Cadillac is
who partook in the “Ciccone Chaos”.
welcome to do their area and would be happy
to help with any suggestions and ideas on Please accept our donation of $600 to your
how to get people involved. organization. We know that all of you do
things in your line of work that are difficult
Please feel free to contact me at 935-6921. and selfless forms of service to our local
Thanks! residents who are in need of education and
We look forward to working together again
in the future. Next years event is slotted to
take place on 9-19-08
WHERE IN THE WORLD
ARE THE CHAPTER’S
DONNA & JOE KELLY
AT SURVIVOR’S PICNIC
Donna Kelly has been very busy since retiring from MMC. She writes about her
Retired in June 2003, stayed on as TOC until Feb. 2007.
April 2007 oriented with Hospice to become a volunteer, which I continue to enjoy.
Summer of 2007: Traveled to Niagara, New York, and Maine with TC children, to see other children.
Enjoyed large extended Family Reunion in July of ’08, to celebrate the graduation of four grand-
August 2008 gainfully employed once again, two days a week, caring for a charming and determined
90 yr. old woman, in her own home.
Continue to work on ONS/W4 activities/fund-raisers. Otherwise would have serious separation
anxiety from cherished colleagues/friends.
As always, cherish family time, especially the GRAND-children. Sheer JOY, the second time around.
And in between time, along with some of our family, we have opened and invested in a new Traverse
City restaurant, The Catch Island Grill, with a fresh seafood focus and Caribbean decor. Our lease
began in June 2007; we opened February 25th, 2008. Months of deep cleaning before being able to
open. I do better caring for the sick than cleaning sickening grease and dirt. It’s a challenge, it’s been
fun, it is scary and we have high hopes. Surely keeps one from getting bored, almost.
Terry Gremel has been retired from active nursing since 2002. She maintains her active
membership with our chapter MTBR-ONS. Terry continues to use her wonderful oncology
knowledge in facilitating the cancer support group in Northport and Leland. She also talks
with the people in the community about their diagnosis as an extra “support person”, helping
them advocate for themselves in some situations and educate them about Munson research
and oncology practice. Terry may sometimes go to oncology doctor’s appointment with
some members of her group.
Terry works one day per week at the Acme Veterinary Clinic. She says it is “fun, but I have
the job of paying the bills”. She says that she is definitely a better nurse than a math person,
though she hasn’t over-drawn the checking account yet.
Life is ever changing for Terry. She enjoys playing with her 3 grandchildren CJ (6), Ethan
(2) and Hannah (1). Playing the snare and tambourine in the Northport Community Band
keeps her busy also. The dog Annie and cat Shadow are a big part of her life also.
Terry continues to be very active in her community. She is part of the “Call to Care” group
that rotates visitations of sick members and sings in the choir at her church, Trinity. Terry is
also a member of the Wastewater Treatment and Initiative Committee. This is a group that is
awarding grant monies to help needy members of the community to help pay for their sewer
Terry’s words of wisdom for retiree “LEARN TO SAY NO”.
As her story tells us, life is always full of surprises and wonderful things in life. We, as
members, feel fortunate to have had Terry a part of our nursing journey and congratulate her
for her continual efforts that she is giving to the community. Terry, keep up all the energy
and good work you are doing.
TERRRY GREMEL IN THE NORTHPORT COMMUNITY BAND
THE SELECT PROSTATE CANCER PREVENTION STUDY SHOWS NO BENEFIT
FOR USE OF SELENIUM AND VITAMIN E.
The Southwest Oncology Group announced it's recent findings of a Prostate
Cancer Prevention study involving over 35,000 men that Vitamin E and
Selenium supplements taken either alone or together did not prevent
prostate cancer. The data also showed two concerning trends: a small but
not statistically significant increase in prostate cancer of men taking
Vitamin E alone and a small but not statistically significant increase in the
number of cases of adult onset diabetes in men taking only Selenium.
Because this is an early analysis of the data neither of these findings can
yet be proven and may be due to chance.
SELECT participants are receiving letters explaining the study review and
telling them to stop their study supplements. Participants will continue to
have their health monitored by study staff for about three more years to
determine any long term effects.
"SELECT was always designed as a study that would answer more than a
single question about prostate cancer,” said Eric Kelin, MD. a study co-chair
for SELECT and a physician at the Cleveland Clinic. "As we continue to
monitor the health of these 35,000 men, this information may help us
understand why two nutrients that showed strong initial evidence to be
able to prevent prostate cancer did not do so."
Neither the men nor their physician know which supplements or placebos
the men have been taking, a procedure known as blinding or masking. The
participants are asked to remain blinded during their 2 to 3 year follow up
period to avoid unintentional bias and potentially false conclusions.
However, at the request of the participant, they will be informed of which
supplement, if any, they received.
"The SELECT trial owes a tremendous debt to our volunteers, the thousands
of men who offered their time and enthusiastic participation, all in the
interest of a future when prostate cancer can be prevented." said
Lawrence H. Baker, DO and Chairman of the Southwest Oncology Group.
Munson Cancer Research is currently following 59 men in the SELECT
study. The Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey currently has
5 men that are being followed in the study.
UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP OUT YOUR COMMUNITY
VASA – FEBRUARY *** BOARDING FOR BREAST CANCER – MARCH
RELAY FOR LIFE – JUNE *** CANCER SURVIVORS PICNIC – JUNE
REMEMBRANCE RUN – OCTOBER
MTBR-ONS FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES
SPRING FLOWER BASKET SALE – MAY
FALL FLOWER BULB SALE – SEPTEMBER
HARVEST STOMPEDE - SEPTEMBER
We wish to thank Lily for sponsoring our November chapter meeting
that dealt with breast cancer. The program was very well attended
and offered some valuable update on breast cancer treatment.
Our meeting tonight is sponsored by Genetech. We thank them for
their support of our continuing education.
January will be a pharmaceutical update by Joanne McGurn RPh,
BSOP a pharmacist at Munson Medical Center.
April’s chapter meeting topic is to be announced at a later date. This
will allow for opportunity for the most up to date subject in the cancer
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO FULFILL YOUR SCHOLARSHIP
OBLIGATION OF SHARING INFORMATION BY EITHER A TALK AT ONE OF OUR
CHAPTER MEETINGS OR AN ARTICLE IN THE NEWSLETTER. OUR CHAPTER IS
VERY FORTUNATE TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE MONIES FOR MEMBERS TO
EXPAND NOT ONLY THEIR KNOWLEDGE, BUT ALSO THE CHAPTER.
NEXT NEWSLETTER TO FEATURE RETIRED CHAPTER NURSES CAROLINE
GRAY AND PAM FORTON. THEY HAVE BEEN BUSY!!
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