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The University of Kansas Cancer Center Forms Unique Partnership with Woodside Health Club

June 22, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Kan.— Support for cancer patients, critical health education and fundraising are all part of a new partnership between The University of Kansas Cancer Center and Woodside Health and Tennis Club in Westwood, Kansas. 

Woodside is a lifestyle club that offers a variety of services focusing on comprehensive member health and wellness. 

As part of the partnership, Woodside will offer its Ortho-Kinetics personal training services as pre- and post-treatment patient support for KU Cancer Center patients upon physician referral.

The cancer center will provide a range of health information and services to Woodside members and staff. Initial efforts will focus on avoiding melanoma, nutrition information and the latest discoveries to prevent breast, prostate and colon cancers. 

“Advanced medicine has to live beyond the four walls of clinics and hospitals. We need to reach out into the community. Woodside is giving us the opportunity to do that.” said Bob Page, Pres. and CEO of The University of Kansas Health System. The health system is the patient care arm of the cancer center. 

Jeff Yowell is chief business officer at Woodside and a member of the KU Advancement Board where he participates on the Cancer Funding Partners committee. 

“I have learned a great deal about the cancer epidemic that we will be facing in the future and how important education and prevention is in confronting this issue head-on,” Yowell said. 

“Additionally, we surveyed Woodside members on how best to give back to the community. Members said they want Woodside to help make them as healthy and fit as possible so they can give back in the ways most important to them.” 

Woodside also plans to make the cancer center the recipient of the club’s annual fundraising campaign. “We are excited about the long-term partnership opportunities with the KU Cancer Center and believe we will find many ways to help each other moving forward,” Yowell said. 

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