To:  All WMCC Patients & Caregivers

Now that the holiday season is upon us, I want to personally wish each and every one of you strength as you receive your treatments and also, healing and peace in the coming year.  This is a time of year when everyone appears to be joyful—yet, as a cancer patient, you may feel quite the opposite and find all the celebration difficult to manage physically and emotionally.  It is perfectly understandable and I want you to know that our staff is here to help.  Our social workers can assist you and your caregivers with counseling, support programs and community resources.  In addition, our social workers can introduce you to a volunteer mentor (former patient) who can provide you with support and encouragement during the holiday season and beyond. 

We thank you for entrusting your care to West Michigan Cancer Center.  As a token of our appreciation, you may pick up a special holiday gift from the 1st floor registration desk, beginning December 19th.  Santa Claus is also planning to stop by once or twice before the holidays so keep an eye out for Jolly Old St. Nick and his big red suit! In years past, we’ve hosted a holiday party for patients and caregivers.  However, because our numbers of survivors have grown significantly and we’ve expanded our weekday and weekend hours, we’re unable to do so this year.  Our facility just isn’t big enough to accommodate celebrating the holidays with everyone. We are also concerned about interrupting care and spreading colds. 

This time of year presents a wonderful opportunity to share your love with family and friends.  Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, once said, “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone”.  It is my hope that, as we care for you along your cancer journey, we are able to provide you with all those ‘extra’ things that embody the spirit of the season.  If I can be of personal assistance, please feel free to contact me at 269-373-7414. 


Joseph Mirro, MD