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A special weekend designed to help cancer patients and their families discover that together – WE CAN!

For nearly 30 years, We Can Weekend has helped families learning to cope with cancer address special concerns during this annual retreat. Geared to individuals who have been diagnosed or treated for cancer over the last year and their family, each participant is encouraged to share his or her own concerns, experiences and solutions to challenges with the group.

In the peaceful, relaxed atmosphere of the YMCA of the Ozarks, the trained staff and volunteers of SoutheastHEALTH encourage the free-flowing exchange of feelings and ideas. Families from all over the region will gather at the beautiful Sunnen Center just 12 miles southwest of Potosi, Missouri to share, rejuvenate, learn and enjoy.

What are the Objectives of We Can Weekend?


  • Communication with family and loved ones
  • Caregiver support: How to take care of yourself and advocate for the patient
  • Networking between patients, caregivers and families


  • Educate patients and caregivers about cancer from diagnosis and treatment to side effect management and survivorship


  • How to live with cancer
  • Living life with the body you now have
  • Celebrating life regardless of where you are in your cancer journey

2015 We Can Weekend Agenda

Friday, May 29

  • Check in begins at 4:00 PM
  • Dinner at 5:15 PM
  • Friday night mixer, along with welcome and introductions

Saturday, May 30

  • A presentation on “Cancer and the Journey from Diagnosis and After” presented by Southeast Oncologist
  • Morning Breakout sessions: women battling, men battling, and caregiving
  • One-on-one Resource sessions
  • Mid-day Breakout sessions: Fatigue, Nutrition, Survivorship, Stress Management & Coping
  • A presentation on “Connecting with Family” where communication is the focus
  • Free time for horseback riding, swimming, paddle boating, fishing, hiking, tennis, archery, ropes course, game room or relaxation
  • Family-friendly Saturday night entertainment by We Can Weekend staff

Sunday, May 31

  • Non-denominational worship service in the Chapel In The Woods
  • Making The Connection: How to celebrate life by empowering the spirit, educating the mind and reclaiming the body
  • Flower release and celebration
  • Lunch
  • Check out at 1:00 PM

2012 We Can Weekend Slideshow