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4/2/2015 12:00:00 AM CENTRAL
Updated: 4/2/2015 4:14:30 PM CENTRAL
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Advance Care Planning Topic of April Cancer Center Education Series

April 13th  session will discuss what it is and why it matters

(FERGUS FALLS, Minn.) The monthly Cancer Center educational series topic for April will help attendees start the important conversation about advance care planning.  The session is designed for all community members regardless of their health status since studies suggest that roughly 70% of us will be unable to make decisions for ourselves at some point in our lives. 

“This conversation is not just important for the elderly or those with severe illness.  Health crises can happen to anyone at any time.  Keep in mind that Nancy Cruzan, Karen Anne Quinlan, and Terri Schiavo were all in their 20s when their health crises occurred,” said LRH Chaplain Liz Mahan.  “All adults can benefit from thinking about what their healthcare choices would be if they are unable to speak for themselves.  These decisions can be written down in an advance directive so that others know what they are,” she added.   

Mahan and Laura Denbrook, Director of Social Services  will be the facilitators of the education series discussion.    The session will be a timely preview for “National Healthcare Decisions Day” later in the week on Thursday, April 16th.

Mahan and Denbrook will provide attendees with a toolkit of resources to start and guide the end-of-life planning conversation with loved ones. The session will be held from 5 to 6:30pm at the Cancer Center’s Conference Room on Monday, April 13th.  More resources are also available online at or

Please call 218-736-8688 for more information.  Guests are encouraged to call if they plan to attend, however it is not necessary.  The Cancer Care & Research Center is located at 908 South Cascade Street . Fergus Falls MN. 

Individual session topics and details for future sessions in the Education Series are available on the “Education & Events” link at

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