Cancer Resource Center

  • Couples Celebrating Life Retreat

William R. Bliss Cancer Center's Couples Celebrating Life Retreat Weekend

You're invited to get away!

We would like to invite couples living with metastatic cancers to join us for a weekend of education, meditation, recreation and refreshment.

In addition to your health, metastatic cancer can affect you and your partner’s daily routines, quality of life and relationship. You’ll receive support and encouragement from medical professionals for dealing with these effects. Take this opportunity to ask questions, express concerns and offer support to your partner and your peers.

We’ll take time out to enjoy good food and company. You can also relax and indulge in a complimentary massage by licensed massage therapists.

This FREE retreat includes meals, lodging, use of the facility and educational programs.This program has been made possible by the support of the many donors of the Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation.

Register online below or download a registration form to fill out and mail back. Contact the Cancer Resource Center for more information at 515-956-6440 or e-mail

Register Online

Thoughts from past participants

"A special thanks for seeing the need for a retreat and a program that allowed couples to share their concerns and hopes in a beautiful, homey place that gave us the feeling of family. Not only were the women able to share and encourage one another, but our husbands had their own special time of sharing." 

"It has been an extraordinary experience—the opportunity to listen to others that are going through very similar experiences to the ones I’ve encountered in this journey and the ability to get all the information that will help me to try to live an improved life due to the knowledge brought to us this weekend." 

This program has been made possible by the support of the many donors of the Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation.

Upcoming Events

  • Jun
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Join Dr. Michael Bird, McFarland Family Medicine physician, to learn more about plant-based eating and the many health benefits.
  • Jun
    9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    Have you been asking to stay home alone while your parent runs errands? Are your neighbors asking when you can babysit for them? Do you enjoy being with younger children? Do you want to babysit? Are you at least 11 years old? Then maybe it's time for Safe Sitter®.
  • Jun
    12:10 PM - 1:10 PM
    Recognize the short term complications of BK nephritis, as well as the drawback of immunosuppression withdrawal in patients who are candidates for a second transplant.
  • Jun
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    This class provides the attendee with an explanation of services provided at MGMC Birthways and a walking tour of our facility and the Birthways Unit.
  • Jul
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Information about what to expect during the beginning days of breastfeeding will be discussed to help make breastfeeding a positive experience. Current information on breast feeding will be presented.
  • Jul
    6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Two week childbirth education course to prepare parents for the birth of their baby. Topics include: labor, delivery, breathing and relaxation techniques, medications, epidurals, and medical procedures.
  • Jul
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    This class is for siblings, ages two to four years old, to prepare for the arrival of the new baby. (We recommend registering for this class one month before mom's due date.)