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

  • Jan
    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.
  • Jan
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    A class for expecting or new parents which provides you with the latest in factual information and helpful hints for a joyful beginning with your baby.
  • Jan
    12:10 PM - 1:10 PM
    Understand common presentations of acute HIV and learn more about new medications available.
  • Jan
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    This class is for siblings of mixed ages, from two years of age and up, to prepare for the arrival of the new baby. (We recommend registering for this class one month before mom's due date.)
  • Jan
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    This class is for siblings, age four and up, to prepare for the arrival of the new baby. (We recommend registering for this class one month before mom's due date.)
  • Jan
    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.
  • Jan
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Join Venkatesh Rudrapatna, MD for a discussion on cancer and older adults.