March 15, 2021 News and Events

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Alaska's Virtual Cancer Resource Champions

The Alaska Cancer Resource Newsletter is your source for upcoming events offered in Alaska for cancer patients, survivors, family members and caregivers.

COVID-19 Vaccine Status in Alaska

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

"The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for anyone living or working in Alaska who is age 16 or older."

Click here to find COVID-19 vaccine providers and schedule your appointment.

Stage 3 Anal Cancer: Mary's story

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | Roswell Park

"I read the word 'malignant' and was in total shock. They had done a biopsy on the tumor to be safe and found that it was cancerous. I can't even begin to describe the shock I was in. The diagnosis hit me like a ton of bricks."

Read the story here.

Care for Your Bones During and After Cancer Treatment:

Tips to Improve Bone Health

  • Overview of Bone Health
  • Imaging & Diagnostic Tests to Measure Your Bone Density
  • Guidelines to Manage Bone Health & Bone Metastases
  • Tips for Taking Care of Your Bones
  • Prescription Medication to Improve Your Bone Health

Listen here.

Upcoming Events

*NOTE: Due to ongoing COVID-19 developments and efforts to contain its spread, classes and events are subject to change. Please contact the venue and stay informed by following the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Featured Events

Inspire others with your cancer story
Would you be interested in sharing your story with us so we can help others who are starting their own cancer journey? Please talk with one of our staff members or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Look Good Feel Better
Through interactive video technology, a licensed beauty professional guides a small group of participants in the application of skin care and makeup or the use of wigs and head coverings to help manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Participants will need a computer or tablet with a camera or webcam, internet connection, and audio connection via computer speaker/mic or speakerphone. To learn more and register for a workshop, visit

YMCA of Alaska C.A.R.E.S
The YMCA of Alaska is partnering with the Alaska Cancer Partnership to help care for our community’s most vulnerable population during this time. If you are currently undergoing treatment for cancer or have received treatment in the past five years, you are eligible to participate in the C.A.R.E.S program. We will be offering help with day to day tasks. If you feel you could benefit from the program please contact Vickie Leavens at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (907)-563-3211.

Community TaiChi
Saturday, March 20, 2021; 9:00 – 9:45 am
Introduction to Qigong, a moving meditation and basic TaiChi movements for beginners. For more information on joining contact Birgit Hagedorn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (907)351-5362.

Apply for a health scholarship
Offset financial burdens with the help of The Suz Fund’s health scholarship. It’s open to people who are undergoing or recovering from cancer treatment and need a little extra support to help with medical bills or to pursue wellness support that might not be covered by insurance. Visit The Suz Fund website for more information on how to apply.
Scholarships are awarded quarterly.

Health Talk ‘n’ Walk
Thursday, March 18,2021: 5:45 pm
Join us and learn how the steps you can take, such as strengthening social connections, managing stress, being physically active , and more, will improve the way you feel and help you experience greater psychological well-being.
Please RSVP if you plan to come. Email or Call Ruth at 264-1823, leave a message with name and phone number. First come, first served up to 19.