Intercultural Cancer Council's National Network Regional Leaders Summit
ICC Board of Directors
ICC Regional Leadership
Frankie Powell, PhD
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Paul D. Juarez, PhD
Meharry Medical College
Sharon Barrett, PhD
Morgan State University
Mignon Guy, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University
Linda Fleisher, PhD
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Patricia Bradley, PhD
Shaan Trotter, MS
Phyllis Nassi, MSW
University of Utah, Huntsman Cancer Institute
Community Partner, Tribal Member
Bonnie Wheatly, EdD
Winona Hollins-Hauge, MSW
Univ. of Washington, School of Public Health
Christine DeCourtney, MPH
Guillermo Tortollina-Luna, MD
Federation of Micronesia/
Guam, Samoa, Saipan, Chunk, and Yak
Neal Palafox, MD, MPH
Lee Buenconsejo-Lum, MD, MPH
Updated by: ADW 06/19/17
ICC Network At Work
January 2016 - shared by Bill Ward, ICC Southwest Regional Leader
It gives me great pleasure to share with you my most recent participation with a cancer support group on the Gila River Indian Reservation this past Tuesday evening.
Mary Nance of Kokopelli Quilters, a Breast Cancer Survivor from Casa Grande, My wife Iralene Ward and I were invited to attend the groups monthly meeting and provide lap quilts to the cancer patients, caregivers and survivors and provide Cancer related information. The lap quilts are made by the Kokopelli Quilters group which is comprised of a group of cancer patients, caregivers, survivors, cancer support women and snow bird women from many different states that are here during the winter months. They donate their time and quilt making experience for this great cause of providing the lap quilts to cancer patients and survivors.
The Gila River group is not funded by anyone as they are a grass root organization of men and women cancer patients, caregivers and survivors. They work together to meet the needs of their membership by doing fundraisers to help the needs of anyone in the group. Such help includes, baby sitting for patients to attend treatments, provide gas to help patients get to treatments, cleaning a members house when they are in need and any other help the patient needs. They meet every month, have a pot luck and provide the group with updates on the progress of their health and treatments. They also share any needs they have so the group can address them. They take care of each other.
I have been a part time visitor with Kokopelli Quilters for the past four years entertaining them with flute music and just hanging out to ensure the spirit is positive. During this time and prior to my arrival the Kokopelli Quilters have provide their lap quilts to many cancer patients and survivors in many states across the US.
As a cancer survivor it was truly an honor to be invited to share and participate in the groups meeting and activities for the evening. It is also an honor to share this with you.
Bill Ward - President
Community Health Advocate
Men's Cancer & Health Issues
Mesa, AZ. 85212
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