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Free presentation for people with cancer and their loved ones, Feb. 12

Ventura, California, 01/12/2009

The Ventura Satellite of The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara and Community Memorial Hospital’s Cancer Resource Center present Spirituality and Quality of Life with Reverend Curtis Hotchkiss, Wednesday, February 11, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The program will be held at CMH Cancer Resource Center, 184 N. Brent St., Ventura and is free to those with cancer, cancer survivors, and loved ones. To RSVP please call (805) 708-0656.

This workshop will focus on the connection between spiritual well-being and quality of life. Some research shows that spiritual or religious beliefs and practices promote a positive mental attitude that may help a patient feel better and improve the well-being of family caregivers.

Reverend Curtis Hotchkiss is Director of Spiritual Care for Community Memorial Health System. Ordained in 1990, Reverend Hotchkiss holds a master’s degree in theology. He has previously served as minister at New Life Ministries Church in Oxnard, and has maintained a volunteer ministry at the Ventura County Rescue Mission for over 20 years.

Founded in 1982, The Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones at over 100 locations worldwide including 24 U.S.-based and 2 international centers with 73 satellite and off-site programs.  Through participation in professionally-led support groups, educational workshops, nutrition and exercise programs, and stress-reduction classes, people affected by cancer learn vital skills that enable them to regain control, reduce isolation and restore hope regardless of the stage of their disease.  As a local chapter, The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara serves over 2,000 community members affected by cancer each year. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please visit or call 805-379-4777.

The Community Memorial Hospital Cancer Resource Center offers a variety of services designed to meet the needs of individuals faced with a diagnosis of cancer, as well as providing programs for family members, friends, and the community-at-large. These services are offered free of charge in a comfortable, non-hospital setting. Community Memorial Hospital is a non-profit, 240-bed, community-owned regional hospital and health center governed by an unpaid board of trustees. It is fully licensed by the State of California Department of Health Services and Accredited by DNV on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations.