Mercy to Host Cancer Support and Awareness Fair at St. Francis Borgia Parish

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Washington, Mo. – Everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer, which is why Mercy Hospital Washington is collaborating with St. Francis Borgia Parish to present a Cancer Support and Awareness Fair for the community from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 20, at St. Francis Borgia Jesuit Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

“This event will offer information and resources to be a friend to someone with cancer as well as offer general tips on healthier living,” said Debbie Vietmeier, Cancer Nurse Navigator at Mercy Hospital Washington and one of the presenters.

The event also will feature:

* Presentations by medical experts,

* A Derma Scan test to evaluate skin damage,

* Ideas for stress relief, with available chair massages,

* Cooking demonstrations with pointers on nutrition and preparing meals for loved ones receiving cancer treatment,

* Tips for taking care of the caregiver,

* Health and wellness information booths, attendance prizes, goodie bags and more.

Reservations are unnecessary. The event is being held in October in honor of Cancer Awareness Month. For more information, call 636-390-7327.

Mercy is proud to celebrate 35 years of serving communities in Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, St. Charles and Warren counties.


Mercy – Sisters of Mercy Health System – is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 30 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 36,000 co-workers and 1,300 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit