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Wind River Cancer Wellness Retreats & Programs - September 2015
Hi Friends!

Every couple of years Dave and I follow our own advice and take time to retreat into nature, sleeping under the stars and exercising every day. This year, after being chased out of Canada by dense wildfire smoke, we found our perfect retreat in the stunning back-country of the Grand Tetons, Wyoming. 
(click here for pictures from our trip).  
And as part of our travels we were lucky enough to checked-in with a couple of Wind River alum in Colorado and Tennessee (be sure to check out Jennifer Motycka and April Brown's inspiring stories later in this newsletter).

Our time out west reminded us of the on-going need to simplify and take time to slow it down and smell the roses.  That said we are happy to be home and welcoming our fall retreat guests starting this Thursday!

Looking forward, we suggest you 'treat yo self' to a really cool event being hosted by Haylo's Healing Arts Lounge in Charlotte's hip Plaza Midwood on Saturday October 24th.  All donations will benefit future survivors attending a Wind River Cancer Wellness Retreat.

And lastly, this month Dave and I are were touched by Page Leggett's feature article in The Charlotte Observer about how cancer changed our lives (for the better).  My favorite part of the article was how Page highlights Dave's philosophy about The Power of Choice, including Be Open to Possibilities, Don't Rush It, Save and Don't play the Victim.  (For the full article click here.)
Shannon & Dave

Wishing everyone a happy fall!

Shannon & Dave


Upcoming Events

10/1  or 10/22
Wind River Cancer Wellness Retreat
Fall retreats are full.
10/13 - 11/17 (Tuesdays only)
Survivorship School
New applicants are welcome for this 6 week class of fun and learning!
Anderson, SC

10/15 or 11/12
Stress Management Class with bonus Yoga
Lawyers and paralegals interested in mental Health CLE join Shannon and others for an interactive CLE!
Charlotte, NC
Mecklenburg County Bar

Saturday 6pm
Haylo Breast Fest

Wind River is the beneficiary of this evening of live music, art, body painting, wine, snacks and a raffle. All are welcome!
At Haylo Healing Arts Lounge
Charlotte - Plaza Midwood

Survivors Helping Survivors Coffee and Dessert Night
Wind River has long wanted to connect those who are mentors and advocates for fellow survivors with one another.  This will be our first such event! Charlotte, NC
The Charlotte Observer:  The Wind River Story


In 2003, Shannon Carney was a lawyer at Wachovia and Dave Pschirer was a Duke Energy engineer in the environmental area. They had high-pressure jobs, but they liked it that way.

That year, the couple, together since 2000, faced Carney’s Stage II breast cancer. She was 37 at the time. “In an instant, our lives changed,” said Pschirer, now 52. “We spent the next year going to appointments, enduring hospital stays and dealing with side effects from chemotherapy, surgery and radiation treatments.”

After a year of hospital stays, doctor visits and treatment, Carney, who is now 50, was declared “NED” (no evidence of disease) in 2004. “We thought we could go back to the way things had been,” Pschirer said. “We were wrong. After our experience with cancer, we were not the same people we had been.”

One Friday in 2005, Carney came home from work in tears. “Dave looked at me and said simply, ‘Don’t go back on Monday,” she recalled. That afternoon, they sat on their floor with a poster board and began to write down what they wanted more of. And less of.

Carney did return to work that Monday – but with different priorities.

Eleven months later, they bought a home 90 minutes from Charlotte in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Tryon, leaving their high-paying corporate jobs to live a life of compassion. Making money became less important for the 40-somethings; helping others became the goal. “Our favorite word then and now is: simplify,” Pschirer said.
The home isn’t just their home, though. In 2007, they turned it into Wind River Cancer Wellness Retreat and began offering support – at no charge – to those living with cancer.

Individual and small business donations, including from some previous participants, fund the nonprofit. Pschirer said, “Participants are able to focus on healing rather than financial concerns while they’re here.” (Wind River also gets funding from 24 Hours of Booty and the Colon Cancer Coalition.)

For the full article, click here.
Spotlight Picture of the Month!
Alum Sue Falco takes a break with Shannon at Wind River last month

Sue is a true inspiration and champion colon cancer advocate. A metastatic colon survivor herself, each month Sue helps countless fellow colon survivors with her words of wisdom!  And thanks to Sue and others who run in the GET YOUR REAR IN GEAR race in Charlotte NC, the Colon Cancer Coalition is able to sponsor colon survivors who attend Wind River retreats!

* Mark your calendars now for March 6, 2016!
Wind River Survivors Serve 500 Booty Riders!

It was another successful 24 Hours of Booty in Charlotte his year with over 1400 riders raising 1.3 million dollars for Levine Cancer Institute and others including Wind River.  We were proud to again support this powerful event and with the help of over a dozen of our wonderful Wind River Alumni. Led by our own Cheryl LeCroy we figure we served over 500 smoothies to riders!  

Thank you to all of the booty riders and all of our alumni and friends that took time to come out, have fun and support the cause.  See you again next year!
Jennifer becomes a Super Conductor

Later this year, our alum Jennifer Motycka will become a Super Conductor of the Longmont Colorado orchestra for an evening!  Jennifer has played stand up bass with the orchestra for 38 years so this a huge shift to center stage.
We were thrilled to connect with Jennifer and her husband this summer in Colorado for a breakfast at yes, Waffle House!  Jenn, a colon survivor and MS survivor has been a part of the Wind River family since 2013.
New release Elders & Ancestors

Long time alum April Brown, and her husband Paul Brown just released a beautiful new CD of music for a healing.  
Motivated by friends and family living with cancer and Alzheimer's, this talented couple wanted to produce unique soulful sounds that provide calming and soothing responses to those frequently stressed and frightened.  So, following their first album, co-created with Dave and Shannon (Wind River's Healing and Relaxation double CD), they took to the studio again! (Paul is a Grammy nominated producer in addition to the keyboard player touring with The Waterboys)

April and Paul and their production team have donated 50 CD to future cancer survivors at Wind River Retreats!  THANK YOU!  
April is living with metastatic breast cancer and has been a member of the Wind River family since 2009!  She credits Wind River with sparking her re-discovery of art, learning to play the Native American flute, and deep inner healing.  We credit her with renewing our passion for music and non-stop laughter!

And if you wish to order a copy of this album, order here.  (Download for only $12.99)

Another successful Tom Sawyer Volunteer day with 8 members of Team Reeb helping get the property ready for survivors arriving this week!  THANK YOU for moving 7 yards of mulch, 1.5 tons of gravel and cleaning over 100 wine bottles - it was a BUSY day indeed!

Team Reeb (beer spelled backwards!) is a top fundraiser for 24 Hours of Booty!
Our Wind River Wellness Retreats & Programs provide cancer survivors a safe, tranquil setting to slow down, connect with other survivors and learn new tools to help them reduce stress and live healthier, happier lives.   All non-profit activities are performed under Wind River Services, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit affiliate organization.
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