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A New Era: Gems of Hope transitions to Nassif Community Cancer Center

Gems of Hope, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 2005, dedicated to bringing hope to cancer patients and their families through its many programs including Hope Blooms, Gifts of Hope, Pages of Hope, What About Us and Cancer Really Sucks, is pleased to announce the organization will transition its services and offerings to the Nassif Community Cancer Center effective Friday, June 30, 2023.

“Joining the Nassif Community Cancer Center offers Gems of Hope a unique opportunity to not only continue our mission, but to expand our reach and impact,” said Cindy Sale, Gems of Hope co-founder and board president. “The Community Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer care to thousands of patients throughout eastern Iowa and has been an excellent partner to us over the past 18 years. We are excited for this new era as we grow our programs and events by joining forces with Eastern Iowa’s only community cancer center.”

The Nassif Community Cancer Center is a partnership of UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital, Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa and other independent healthcare providers. It was created with the mission to provide exceptional cancer care that places the patient at the center of all we do.

“Gems of Hope, and its many volunteers and donors, have been a tremendous support for countless patients at the Community Cancer Center,” said Andrea Watkinson, Nassif Community Cancer Center director. “We are proud to have the most comprehensive offering of cancer support services in the area and bringing Gems of Hope on board will give our patients even more support during one of the most difficult times of their lives.”

Gems of Hope programs will begin operating out of the Nassif Community Cancer Center, located inside the PCI Medical Pavilion at 202 10th St. SE Ste. 285, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52403 on Friday, June 30, 2023.

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