Wellness briefly

Building Hope Brunch scheduled today

Dave Balch, speaker and author who supported his wife through four successful battles with breast cancer, will be the featured speaker at Trinity Health’s annual cancer fundraiser, the Building Hope Brunch, today at 10 a.m. at the Grand Hotel. Tickets for the brunch are $30.

A former software developer, Balch’s life took an unexpected turn when his wife developed breast cancer in 2002. He cared for her during six surgeries, two rounds of chemotherapy and three rounds of radiation treatments. He helped her with everything from bathing to preparing meals, all the while maintaining his home software business and the couple’s ranch.

His book “Cancer for Two,” chronicles his wife’s cancer journey. He also travels throughout the country sharing his presentation, “You Can Handle More Than You Think You Can,” with patients, caregivers, nurses and oncologists. The presentation provides coping strategies that apply to many of life’s challenges.

Jointly sponsored by Trinity Health Foundation and Midcontinent Communications, the annual brunch and golf event serve as a key source of funding for programs benefiting patients at the Trinity Cancer Care Center. It also provides awareness and fellowship for people who have been touched by cancer. For more information, call 857-5432.

Jill Hambek

Bismarck Center awards scholarships

BISMARCK – A Velva student is among the recipients of a scholarship awarded to students “committed to providing the care and needs services for cancer patients in the future,” according to a press release.

The Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation Donna Johnson Memorial Scholarship program announced that Bethany Mack was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Mack will be attending Bismarck State College in the fall. Watching her grandfather fight cancer made Mack realize that she wanted to help those with cancer as well, according to the release. Mack said she plans to become an oncology nurse.

Krista Dutchuk, Dickinson, and Lindsey Kirschenheiter, Taylor, were the other recipients of the scholarships.

The Donna Johnson Memorial Scholarship Award was created to provide scholarships to individuals who are interested in and committed to oncology nursing and who are pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing through a Bismarck college. Scholarships are also available to registered nurses pursuing a master’s degree or oncology certification.

– Jill Hambek