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Free Mind-body Workshop at Community Memorial Hospital Cancer Resource Center October 27

Ventura California, 10/05/2009

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara and the Cancer Resource Center at Community Memorial Hospital will host a free presentation for people affected by cancer entitled: Make the Mind-Body Connection with Paula Getty-Shearer, certified hypnotherapist.  This free event takes place on Tuesday, October 27, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Cancer Resource Center, 184 N. Brent St., Ventura, located across the street from Community Memorial Hospital. To RSVP call (805) 652-5459.

Getty-Shearer will explain how guided imagery works, describe its benefits, and guide participants in relaxation and imagery customized to the needs and concerns expressed by the group.  Imagery has been proven to reduce anxiety, lower psychological distress, facilitate healing, and ease cancer treatment side effects.  Getty-Shearer is a certified hypnotherapist, a cancer survivor, and a former Cancer Support Community participant who has been facilitating this program at The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara in Westlake Village for three 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.  In July 2009, The Cancer Support Community and Gilda’s Club joined forces to become the largest provider of cancer support worldwide. The combined organization is comprised of nearly 50 local affiliates, 12 affiliates in development and over 100 satellite locations.  By offering professionally-led support groups, educational workshops, nutrition and exercise programs, and stress-reduction classes, The Cancer Support Community and Gilda’s Club continue to provide support, education and hope to all people affected by cancer.

As a local chapter, The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara serves over 3,000 community members affected by cancer each year. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please visit or call 805-379-4777. Give hope to a child affected by cancer: Text COMMUNITY to 90999 to donate $5 to programs for children. Standard text messaging rates apply. For full terms visit

The Cancer Resource Center at Community Memorial Hospital 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.  The Community Memorial Hospital Cancer Program is accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons.