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Back to Class: Inside Above and Beyond Cancer with Drake Community Press

The creation of the book, Above and Beyond Cancer was a collaboration between the Above + Beyond Cancer organization and the Drake Community Press. The end result of the two-year effort turned out to be absolutely beautiful, thanks to the striking photography of Des Moines photographer Dylan Huey and the wonderful writing of more than 100 cancer survivors and caregivers who have taken part in Above + Beyond Cancer journeys over the organization's 10-year history.

During this Back to Class session, we'll hear from Carol Spaulding–Kruse, professor of English and Drake Community Press director and Dr. Richard Deming, medical director of MercyOne Cancer Center in Des Moines and founder of Above + Beyond Cancer. They will speak about the collaboration between the organization and the Drake faculty, staff, and students that went into the writing, design, and production of the book.

The book is a collection of stories that reflect the strength, perseverance and vast insight of those on the cancer journey.

When: Thursday, May 13 at 6:30 pm CT
Platform: Zoom (Link will be sent to registered attendees prior to the event.)

About the Program: Back to Class features speakers from Drake's campus in a virtual setting. Bulldogs are invited to join from wherever they are to learn about unique topics, hear from voices on campus, and connect with the Drake community.

For event accommodations or questions, please contact Amelia Klatt at amelia.klatt@drake.edu or 515-271-3378.

Dr. Richard Deming

About The Speakers:

Dr. Richard Deming is the medical director of MercyOne Cancer Center in Des Moines, Iowa. He received a bachelor’s degree at South Dakota State University and his medical degree at Creighton University. Dr. Deming is known in the community for the compassionate care he provides cancer patients and their families. He is involved in many national, state and community organizations and is the founder of Above + Beyond Cancer. The recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Deming was awarded the Lane Adams Award by the American Cancer Society for excellence and compassion in patient care. He is the recipient of “The One Hundred” Award by Massachusetts General Hospital for his work with cancer survivors. He was awarded the Iowa Cancer Champion Award for his tireless efforts in the field of advocacy. He is dedicated to the principals of human dignity, social justice, and compassion. His greatest ambition is to encourage others to pursue lives of meaning, purpose, passion and compassion.

Carol Spaulding-Kruse is a professor of English at Drake where she teaches courses in writing and literature. She directs students in writing internships and is the founder and director of the Drake Community Press.

The “DCP” is a small university press that publishes books on significant cultural topics in partnership with related Drake courses and community organizations. All proceeds from book sales support the organizations with whom DCP partners.

 

 

 

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