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Temecula breast cancer center finds ways to help men, too

By in Press Enterprise on November 18, 2017

By Rebecca K. O'Connor

An organization that provides free services to women fighting cancer is also finding ways to help men and families.

Located in Temecula, Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center has been providing free resources to women with breast cancer since 2001. The organization offers breast cancer detection, support, and education services. Michelle’s Place also offers support groups for women facing breast cancer, their children and the people who support them. However, most of the support has been female-centric.

“We have been trying for years to support male caregivers, but it’s hard to get them to come here,” said Kim Gerrish, Executive Director. “Our goal was to find a meetup place where the men could hang out and get support in whatever form works for them.”

According to Gerrish, that place turned out to be Old Town Barbers in Temecula. “Husband’s Hangout” takes place on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Men who are supporting women facing breast cancer are invited to gather at the shop. Visitors are welcome to hang out, enjoy pizza and beer, watch a game on the shop’s television and socialize, talking as much or as little about their challenges as they wish.

Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center has many programs including Expressive Art Class. (Photo courtesy of Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center)

“We hope that it will help men discover ways to support their wife, mother, sister, and friends,” said Gerrish. “And the format is as loose as it can be.”

Michelle’s Place also offers programs that create a sense of comradery and contribute to healthy living. Responding to demand, the organization has increased its offering of alternative care resources such as reiki and meditation.

The Michelle’s Place Walking Club meets every Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. in Temecula’s Promenade Mall by the Starbucks on the second […]    

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