Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet Starts New Cancer Support Group
A new cancer support group for anyone with cancer or who has a loved one with cancer will start next month at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet.
The group will meet on Tuesday, March 10 from 12:45-2:15 p.m. on the first floor at CMH. There will be signs providing directions to the gathering. The group will meet every second Tuesday of the month at the same time.
Facilitators for this group, Virginia Tuttle and Sandy Hotop, bring personal experience to their roles. Tuttle is a parish nurse who
has had several family members with cancer. Hotop is a nursing assistant at Sunnyside Health Care Center and is a five-year cancer survivor. Hotop lost her spouse to cancer.
CMH Chaplain, Dennis Morreim, says the fact the community didn’t have a general cancer support group was the motivation to start one and it is not meant to compete with any specific cancer support groups already in existence in the area, such as the Men’s Prostate Support Group that meets at Our Savior’s Lutheran.
The mission statement for the CMH cancer support group, in part, describes the intent of the group as offering “a safe place for people to share their concerns with others who listen, understand and offer hope.”