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 carano@mgmc.org.

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

  • Aug
    26
    Monday
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    This series of classes provide instruction for caregivers of infants (3 weeks to 3 years) for massage they can do at home.
  • Aug
    27
    Tuesday
    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Upon successful completion of the EMT course, students will be eligible to test for EMT certification with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). Upon successfully earning NREMT certification students may apply for their Iowa EMT license.
  • Aug
    28
    Wednesday
  • Aug
    29
    Thursday
    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.)
  • Sep
    3
    Tuesday
    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.
  • Sep
    7
    Saturday
    8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    An accelerated childbirth class for parents on the go. Topics include: labor, delivery, breathing/relaxation, medications, epidurals, and medical procedures.
  • Sep
    9
    Monday
    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.)