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On September 15th, WNC BTS will hold its annual Survivors Picnic at Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain. MAP Click Here
Are you thankful and appreciate life? The Brain Tumor Survivors Picnic is another milestone for WNC Brain Tumor Support and it members. We will celebrate that milestone on Thursday, soooo……
Just a reminder that the WNC Brain Tumor Support 7th Annual
Brain Tumor Survivor's Picnic will be Thursday, September 18 at Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain! If you appreciate life and are thankful for everyday, join us for an evening of food, music, fun and relaxation! Bring you family too!
Food will be served around 6:20.
Bring a covered dish or dessert...Drinks, meat, bread, plates are provided by WNC BTS!
From Asheville, go to Get off exit 59 at Swannanoa and turn left. Go straight to the red light at Route 70. Turn right. Go approximately 4 miles to Black Mountain. Turn left on Cragmont Rd. (you'll see CVS pharmacy on your right and a church on the left.) Go to Rhododendron Ave. and veer right. Go 1 mile and turn left onto Laurel Cir. Drive. (You will see the swimming pool and you will pass the clubhouse and the tennis court.) The picnic shelter will be next to the tennis court. Park wherever you can!
SURVIVORS PICNIC 2010
SURVIVORS PICNIC 2007
WNC Brain Tumor Support Annual Survivors Picnic will be held at Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain. The original idea came up eight years ago to celebrate with friends who have been diagnosed with a brain tumor and was treated. It was an opportunity to be normal, something as simple as a picnic! People go on picnics all the time and never think how special it is. They are taken for granted. Brain tumor survivors relish the chance to enjoy the company of other survivors in a beautiful setting such as Lake Tomahawk. Over the years, the Survivors Picnic has grown into a special event and gets bigger every year.
In September, WNC Brain Tumor Support will be celebrating its 10th year in existence. So this will not be just any ol' picnic. We plan to have a live band this time!! Maybe some prizes and a big cake for sure!! If you have never come to a WNC Brain Tumor Support meeting or function, now is the time to get caught up! It is a wonderful time to meet new friends who have the same common bond...brain tumor survivors or caregivers! Come see why all of the professionals such as doctors, nurses, therapists and social workers recommend WNC Brain Tumor Support to newly diagnosed brain tumor patients and postoperative patients as well.
Christmas is a special time of the year for the brain tumor survivor, caregivers and families. It is another mile-stone for all of us at WNC Brain Tumor Support. Come and celebrate together!
Where: MAHEC Biltmore Campus
Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC)
The WNC Brain Tumor Support monthly meeting will not have a special speaker this month. Instead we will leave our brain tumors at home and go to Pizza Hut! SeeSpecial Events.
What’s Coming Up?
There will be no meeting at MAHEC in February! There is no charge! (But we always accept any donations to offset the costs!)
Join us next time for the annual family event, PIZZA PARTY! This is one of the popular events that WNC BTS does.
If you have not been able to attend any of our meetings, the annual Family Pizza Party will be a great chance to enjoy the comfort zone of WNC Brain Tumor Support! And if we don’t ask you how you’re doing at events, please start up conversation with someone next to you. Everyone has a story and something valuable to share, if they wish.
What: WNC BTS Pizza Party at Pizza Hut
When: February 16, 2012 – 6:16 p.m..
Where: Pizza Hut, 77 Patton Avenue, West Asheville (next to Denny’s, near SAM’s)
Who: Families, bring your children.
Food: If Pizza is not in your diet, try something from the salad bar!
People: Enjoy visiting with each other. We’re important to each other!
Then, in March, we’ll hear from Linda Cammarata, RN, RYT, Health and Wellness Consultant, regarding Integrative Health – Sleep! Ever wished for a good night’s sleep? Sleep problems and fatigue are probably the chief complaint for our membership in terms of physical effects of brain tumors as well as for the caregivers. And, Linda’s DVD, “Support and Strengthen Your Immune System.”
More information is on the website. Hey, did you see your photos on the website? Check it out. :+)
Call with any questions. See you next month at PIZZA HUT!
This is always a well attended event and it seems like everyone really enjoys it! This event is sponsored by WNC Brain Tumor Support and we encourage not only our brain tumor survivors to join us, but family and children as well.
You don't like pizza? No problem. Pizza Hut has a great salad bar and you may choose whatever you want at the salad bar! We also provide drinks as well. So leave your brain tumor at home, bring the family with you and enjoy a great evening with all of us here at WNC BTS!
The cost? It's on us! If you feel guilty about eating for free, you can help offset some of our costs with a small donation! Feel guilty from not attending regular meetings? We don't care!! Come and join us. We would enjoy your company!
Pizza Hut on Patton Ave. near Sams Club
Linda Cammarata, RN, RYT
Presented by Linda Cammarata, RN, RYT
Have you ever wished for a sound night’s sleep? This evening’s presentation will provide you with vital information about creating healthy sleep patterns.
Linda Cammarata is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience in preventative medicine and mental health. Her teaching spans over 30 years of experience in healthcare, integrating traditional and alternative Health practices. Linda works as Health, Wellness and Business Consultant, in Asheville, NC with a focus on “Integrative Health Sleep Education”. She has received numerous yoga trainings and a certification with Nischala Joy Devi, Yoga for the Heart. Linda completed a comprehensive 3-year certification program in Energy Medicine with Dr. Michael Mamas in San Diego, CA. Linda has also received training in Aromatherapy, Healing Touch, Reflexology, and Qigong. National women’s health conferences, private industry, as well as several medical programs have utilized Linda’s integrative health programs. Linda’s latest DVD Support Strengthen and Your Immune System published by Inner IDEA guides individuals on the path of integral health.
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IT IS ALMOST HERE!!
On the menu will be (of course) spaghetti, meat/veggie sauce, garden salad, garlic bread, desserts
Members are requested to bring a dessert.
Help celebrate our 11th year!!
make checks payable to:
On May 17, 2012
Annick Desjardins, MD, FRCPC
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Dr. Desjardins completed her residency in Adult Neurology at the Universite de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. She finished a two-year fellowship in neuro-oncology at The Brain Tumor Center at Duke. Upon completion of her fellowship in July of 2005, she joined the Center as faculty. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. Dr. Desjardins' primary focus is patient care. Her clinical research focuses on providing innovative and aggressive therapies to adults with primary brain tumors, with a special interest in the use of neural stem cells for neurorepair and treatment. She always keeps patients' quality of life foremost in her practice.
Dr. Desjardins, what are some of the clinical trials are you doing at Duke?
I am involved with Phase II Trial of RAD001 in Patients with Recurrent Glioblastoma Multiforme,Bevacizumab In Combination With Irinotecan For Malignant Gliomas and Dynamic Contrast-enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging with Bevacizumab In Combination With Irinotecan For Malignant Gliomas.
What is a "typical" week for you at Duke?
As an Attending Physician at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, every week, I see approximately 24 follow-up patients, three to four new patient consultations and review 20-30 outside MRIs. For each patient, the clinical status and tumor response is reviewed and a new treatment plan is developed. Approximately 20-30 studies are open for enrollment at any given time at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain tumor Center, two third of all the patients under my care are enrolled on the clinical trials available to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center.
I also attend the Protocol Development Meeting of the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor center held every two weeks. Protocols in development are discussed with the team. Also, the enrollment and priority of ongoing protocols are discussed as a team.
Under the mentorship of David A Reardon, M.D., James J. Vredenburgh, M.D., and Henry S. Friedman, I maintain almost daily communication with multiple pharmaceutical collaborators concerning ongoing trials, protocols in development, and discussion of new trials.
We are really looking forward to having you speak at WNC Brain Tumor Support him on May 17 at MAHEC, Dr.
Duke University Medical Center
DUMC Box 3624
Durham, NC 27710
Tel: (919) 684-6173
Fax: (919) 684-6674
Jeffrey Whitridge is a registered dietitian and the Clinical Nutrition Educator at the SECU Cancer Center at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. Mr. Whitridge has over 7 years of clinical experience in the field of oncology nutrition in regards to prevention, treatment and survivorship issues. Jeffrey is also a community speaker and resource along with a patient advocate at Mission Hospital. He has been a registered dietitian for over 15 years. He particularly enjoys consulting on prevention, treatment and survivorship issues as they relate to oncology patient and their health status maintenance. Jeffrey received his Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and will be starting a Masters of Nutrition in August with the University of Bridgeport. He is a Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition with the Commission on Dietetic Registration. On a personal level, Jeffrey loves living in Asheville. In his free time, Jeffrey enjoys visiting the local tailgate markets for fresh food to cook, along with travel and exercise and of course eating. Jeffrey can be reached at the Mission Hospital SECU Cancer Center
Jeanette Pueschel Larson, MD
Neuro-Hospitalist and Neuro-Oncologist
Mission Neurology Associates
"I find it fulfilling to provide patients with specialty care - especially patients with the more challenging and complex conditions, such as cancer. I enjoy being able to follow the patient from diagnosis through treatment and recovery, which relates to my training in neurorehabilitation. Working in neurology, neuro-oncology and neurorehabilitation makes it possible to offer more assistance whether in the inpatient or outpatient setting."
Dr. Larson specializes in caring for patients with a wide variety of neurological conditions, including:
Cancer of the brain and nervous system Neurological complications of cancer:
Seizures and status epileptics
Acute nerve and muscular disorders
Exacerbations of chronic neurological disorders
She has special professional interests in:
Neurological conditions stemming from cancer
Rehabilitation following neurological injury or disease
Patient Care Philosophy: "You have to manage the patient from head to toe - not just the neurological system. You need to be aware of systemic illnesses and how the patient reacts to your treatment plan. You need to be sensitive to other medical issues and communicate well with the primary care physician. You need to have the patient work with you in their care, building rapport, trust and active participation."
Neurology Associates PA, Hickory, NC
Catawba Valley Medical Center, Hickory, NC
Medical Director, Stroke Program
Medical Director, Acute Rehabilitation Program
Vice Chair, Department of Medicine
Sub-Investigator, Barrow Neurology Clinics, St Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
Staff Neurologist, Neuro-Oncology Section, Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI), St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center
Medical Director, Comprehensive Program, BNI Neurorehabilitation Unit, Valley Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center
Neuro-oncology, Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
Neuro-rehabilitation, working fellowship, Valley Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Phoenix, AZ
Residency: Neurology, Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center American Academy of Neurology, Section for Neuro-Oncology
Medical Education: Dartmouth Medical School
Board Certification : Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Society of Neuro-Oncology
American Academy of Neurology
North Carolina Neurological Association
North Carolina Medical Association
Perspectives on the Region:
Dr. Larson enjoys the gorgeous outdoors here in Western North Carolina. She feels this is a family-oriented, positive and spiritually-centered community.
Dr. Larson is an avid runner. She enjoys the outdoors and especially spending time with her family.
Mission Neurology Associates
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
Special speaker for October's meeting (0ct. 18 )of the WNC Brain Tumor Support will be George Plym.
George Plym is world known as a long-term brain tumor survivor, being diagnosed in 1967 with an oligo-astrocytoma. He went on to have 11 more brain tumors in over 45 years, along with two other cancers, skin and thyroid. He now has two more tumor, although it is a different type. He now has a meningioma caused by radiation.
Plym will be talking about, "Survivorship: What Does That Mean to You? There will be a presentation with interactive participation among the members and guests.
He is the founder and president of WNC Brain Tumor Support in Asheville, North Carolina and is also former member of the Wake Forest University Comprehensive Cancer Center Regional Advisory Board Winston-Salem, North Carolina. You can view his website which is:
Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser! Raffle!
WNC Brain Tumor Support will have its annual spaghetti supper. Free stuff, too!
On the menu will be of course spaghetti meat sauce, garden salad, garlic bread, deserts and soft drinks or sweet tea catered by Pizza Hut!
WNC Brain Tumor Support will have a fundraiser supper on Thursday April 18 at 6:00 to 7:30PM. It will be held in W. A. Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, Click for directions). . in W. Asheville (
On menu will be of course, spaghetti with meat sauce for marinaro sauce, along with tossed salad, garlic bread, *desert and soft drinks. The group will free gifts and door prizes! The Spaghetti Supper will be catered by Pizza Hut!
The cost will be a donation. Proceeds will go to the Western North Carolina Brain Tumor Support for research of pediatric and adult brain tumors. A portion of that goes to educational and group expenses. We do not ask for membership dues!! Your donation allows us to have great events such as our Survivor’s Picnic & Walk and many other events. Bring you and family for supper!
Donations can be sent to WNC Brain Tumor Support, 46 Samayoa Pl., Asheville, 28806 and is tax deductible. Donations will be taken at the door.
*Members or family is requested to bring a dessert or a pie!
The event will be held at : West Asheville Presbyterian Church
690 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28806