NM cancer doc to embark on 500-mile pilgrimage

Dr. Dava Gerard

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) –  Dr. Dava Gerard, administrative director of the Presbyterian Cancer Center, will join thousands of pilgrims in May when she walks the 500-mile Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route through France and Spain. The route, known as the “Buen Camino,” will take Dr. Gerard many miles away but New Mexico cancer patients will remain at the forefront of her journey.

In honor of the difficult journey faced by cancer patients every day, Dr. Gerard is raising money for the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation’s Cancer Patient Assistance Fund. The fund provides transportation and lodging assistance to financially challenged patients.

More than 20 percent of Presbyterian cancer patients travel more than 50 miles each way for treatment, adding to the burdens of life with cancer.

“By taking this journey, I hope to make the journey for our patients easier,” said Dr. Gerard.

In keeping with the pilgrimage tradition of carrying a stone from home and leaving it along the Buen Camino, members of the public may purchase a stone to have it inscribed and placed by Dr. Gerard along her route. Stones can be engraved with three letters for $25 or five letters for $50.

For more information, visit https://www.phs.org/community/presbyterian-healthcare-foundation/fundraising-events/Pages/default.aspx

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