Resource Library

American Cancer Society:

Nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to help eliminate cancer as a major health project and provide emotional support and information on cancer information.

Cancer Survival Toolbox®:

A free audio program designed to help cancer survivors and caregivers develop practical skills to deal with the diagnosis, treatment and challenges of cancer.

Telephone Education Workshops:

Telephone Education Workshops are available from CancerCare®.

Advocacy Spotlight: Summer’s Way Foundation:

The Summer’s Way Foundation is an advocacy organization dedicated to raising awareness for childhood cancer and supporting childhood cancer research. The organization was founded by Sharon and Sterling Hammond in memory of their daughter, Summer, who passed away from rhabdomyosarcoma. Summer’s Way coordinates support groups and offers resources for young patients, including funding wigs for children and teens with hair loss from therapy.  Summer’s Way also hosts research workshops on rhabdomyosarcoma to bring researchers and clinicians together with patients and families impacted by rhabdo. The Summer’s Way website also features the stories of young people who have experienced rhabdomyosarcoma to share their journeys and inspire the effort to find new treatments for childhood cancer. The MyPART Network is pleased to partner with Summer’s Way and work together to improve the lives of young people with cancer.

American Institute for Cancer Research:

Champion the latest and most authoritative scientific research from around the world on cancer prevention and survival through diet, weight and physical activity, so that we can help people make informed lifestyle choices to reduce their cancer risk.


METAvivor is dedicated to the specific fight of women and men living with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.

Minnesota Cancer Alliance:

We are committed to reducing the burden of cancer for all people living in Minnesota. We are a coalition of over 100 organizations from diverse backgrounds and disciplines dedicated to reducing the burden of cancer across the continuum from prevention and detection to treatment, survivorship, and end-of-life care.

Local  Resources:

Blooming Prairie Cancer Group: ​​

The Blooming Prairie Cancer Group is in its 20th year of service to the community. Eunice Coughlin created the group after watching the Eagle’s Cancer Telethon.  It inspired her to bring similar services offered by other communities to Blooming Prairie.

Lyle Area Cancer

43 years of Investing in a Cure! They hold several local events all year long ending with an auction in January.

Resources Created by the Masonic Cancer Center:

Advocating For Yourself: A Guide for Cancer Patients

Talking to Your Doctor

More information contact: Kelly Vincelette, Community Outreach and Education Manager

Community Partners and Collaborations

The Community Outreach and Education team partners with local stakeholders to help broaden our reach and spread our mission of the Hormel Institute to further scientific knowledge and share that knowledge with the world.

We foster partnerships throughout Minnesota with partners such as Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences, Austin Public Schools, Austin Chamber of Commerce, Hormel Historical Home, Austin Area Art Council, United Way Mower County, among others, to engage the community in cancer education, research, services, and prevention efforts.

We are always looking to form and build new relationships with many types of organizations:

  • Businesses
  • Community-based organizations and coalitions
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Health advocates
  • Hospitals and health care systems
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Schools, colleges, and universities

We look forward to establishing an ongoing program series, one-time event, or other ways that works best for your group. Please fill out Community Outreach and Education Project Idea Form with your ideas and needs.

More information contact: Kelly Vincelette, Community Outreach and Education Manager,