Beneficiary spotlight: Celilo Cancer Center

KB4C first contacted Celilo Cancer Center last year before our first event, after hearing about the facility through some Hood River locals. I went and toured the facility, met Lyn Vincenzo, Celilo’s Director, and was impressed beyond words. Celilo may be hiding in the modest town of The Dalles, but this place is world class.

Located on the campus of Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, Oregon, Celilo also employs the latest in cancer treatment technology and some of the nation’s top oncology professionals. At Celilo, cancer patients throughout the region have access to comprehensive chemotherapy treatment and to radiation therapy that is near home.

Beyond technological advancements, Celilo aims to personalize, humanize and demystify cancer treatment through the host of complementary healing and patient service features that comprise the center’s integrative therapy program. It offers hope, solace and strength through some of the world’s most time-honored healing arts.

From the moment you walk in the front door, you feel like you’ve just stepped into a calming spa rather than a cancer treatment facility. Waterfalls trickle in the background, warm colors and plants welcome you, and bamboo surrounds the grounds.

Celilo offers integrated therapies — Acupuncture, Relaxation, Labyrinth, Massage therapy, and Chinese Medicine — for integration of mind and spirit in healing the body. These are unique healing opportunities for the body, mind and soul that many traditional healthcare facilities look upon as too “alternative” as part of treatment. KB4C believes that the mind and body are truly as powerful as the effort that you put into it, so we praise Celilo for offering their patients and families such therapeutic alternatives to medicine!

In a setting unlike that of any other cancer center, Celilo offers patients and their loved ones access to a remarkable array of resources and specialists. Here, people can confront head-on the changes brought on by their diagnosis and focus on life, hope and healing.

Check out Celilo in more detail at celilo.org

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