People living with cancer, cancer survivors and their families in the Gunnison
Valley are set to benefit from a free oncology service offered by Gunnison
Gunnison Valley Health’s Oncology Nurse Navigator Betsy Welsh knows
first-hand what it is like to be diagnosed with cancer and is delighted
to offer individualized guidance and support to all cancer patients in
the Gunnison Valley and surrounding areas.
“At 15 years old, I was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkins Lymphoma
which left me feeling unsure how my junior year of high school would unfold,”
said Ms. Welsh.
“Surviving cancer, I knew that I wanted a career in oncology and
to make a difference in the lives of people battling with cancer. Being
able to work as an Oncology Nurse and offer free one-on-one services to
those with a cancer diagnosis in this community is an absolute dream,”
said Ms. Welsh.
Diagnosed with cancer for the second time, Curtrice Brown could not thank
“Betsy has put me in touch with support networks and organizations,
such as Living Journeys and Touch Enough to Wear Pink, who have provided
much needed financial assistance and support. I didn’t know they
were available when I was diagnosed the first time,” said Ms. Brown.
“She’s my advocate. It’s so nice to have someone who
cares about my needs locally in the Valley,” said Ms. Brown.
Gunnison Valley Health’s CEO Rob Santilli said the full-time dedicated
resource could only be made possible thanks to our strong partnership
with local not-for-profit organization Tough Enough to Wear Pink.
“We are very grateful for the passion and financial assistance from
Heidi Sherratt and the team at Tough Enough to Wear Pink who have supported
many initiatives including the cutting-edge 3D mammography machine,”
said Mr. Santilli.
“We believe this much needed service complements our well established
Cancer Care Center and positively benefits patients who can be treated
locally rather than travelling to the bigger cities,” said Mr. Santilli.
If you would like more information or to make an appointment with Betsy
Welsh please call 970-642-4789.