What: International Survivors of Suicide Day event
Where: Portneuf Medical Center's Pebble Creek Classroom
When: Saturday, November 21. 10am - 12noon

You are not alone.

Each year in November, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) sponsors International Survivors of Suicide Day, which provides an opportunity for those who have lost someone to suicide to come together for support, healing, information and empowerment. It is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share their stories of hope.

On Saturday, November 21 from 10am to noon at Portneuf Medical Center's Pebble Creek Classroom, PMC's Behavioral Health Services will be hosting an event to reach out to those effected by suicide, giving them an opportunity to connect with others who can help them through the healing processes.

The event includes helpful resources, facilitated discussions as well as a viewing of the documentary, "Family Journeys: Healing & Hope after a Suicide." The 30-minute film was created by the AFSP to assist others in understanding how to cope with this type of loss.

For many loss survivors, attending a Survivor Day event is an opportunity to discover that they are not alone in their experience of losing someone they know and love to suicide. For those who are unable to attend a Survivor Day event in person, AFSP also hosts a Survivor Day program online at survivorday.org.

For more information on the event, please call: Charlie Aasand, Director Behavioral Health Services (208) 239-2950.

To raise breast cancer awareness and valuable funds to support patient’s undergoing cancer treatment in Pocatello, more than a dozen female drivers took part in the Pocatello Raceway’s Ladies Shoot Out. During this exciting event, some of the best female drivers in the Pacific Northwest ran 30 laps on the flat track in street stock racers.

The event, held this last August, raised $1,621.00 for the Shannon Potter Fund. The Shannon Potter Fund was established to provide small pleasures for those going through cancer treatment. This fund was created by a group of vibrant and enthusiastic young woman from Pocatello.

When Shannon was diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer at the age of 31, she proudly proclaimed, “I will not let this get me down!” She found a way to do the things she wanted to do every single day, no matter how she felt. As Shannon went through her journey with breast cancer, she told friends and family that she wanted to see a fund established that would bring joy to other cancer patients by providing simple pleasures that would help to remind them that they can have fun, even during their toughest times.

“When going through breast cancer treatment, many families have to cut expenses,” said Joanne Bailey, breast cancer survivor and owner of the Pocatello Raceway. “The fund helps provide families with some resources so they are better able to enjoy life even as they go through cancer treatment.”

Every dollar donated to the Portneuf Health Trust’s Patient Assistance Fund or the Shannon Potter Fund is used to directly benefit cancer patients in our local area. The funds help our family, friends, neighbors and community members meet crucial needs while going through treatment; monies help cover the cost of extra-curricular activities for the children of cancer patients and help with practical needs that often arise during a patient’s cancer treatments.

To make a contribution or to find out more about the Patient Assistance Funds, contact the Portneuf Cancer Center at 208-239-1750.

Our local firefighters are not just saving lives by responding to fires and emergencies; they are also fighting to save the lives of those affected by breast cancer. Once again, members of the Pocatello Fire Fighters Union, IAFF local 187 is selling specially designed pink T-shirts to raise awareness and support all those who have been touched by this disease.