Second Wind Retreat is a place where people dealing with cancer can get away from doctors' offices and the stresses of treatment for a few days, relax in a beautiful natural environment and gain new strength, energy and momentum. Click here to learn how to schedule a visit.
Our area in the North Georgia Mountains has an amazing number of rivers, creeks and streams. This new video shows a number of whitewater runs and waterfalls close to Second Wind Cancer Retreat - several that are on the property or within short walking distance in the National Forest. Click here and enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3snUf9EiQTg
Bright and early on June 6, Team Depot got busy weeding, digging and planting the organic summer garden behind Second Wind Retreat. Last year, Home Depot - Blue Ridge donated and employees volunteered to build and fill eight beautiful raised garden beds. This year, Home Depot donated plants, seeds, additional soil, garden fence and posts. After five hours of work, Team Depot volunteers stood back to admire the completely planted garden filled with herbs, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, beans, carrots, peas, sunflowers and more - plus a beautiful garden fence was installed to help keep out our persistent woodland critters. A big thank you to Sharron, Leslie, Theresa, Dirk and Ginnie! Nobody on earth works harder than Team Depot volunteers. Last year's garden got rave reviews from our SW guests, many of whom had never had access to a garden. With the new plantings - and the new fence - we're expecting an even bigger crop for summer 2013.
One breezy Sunday in October, Kathy Poodiac rounded up more than a dozen of her oncology patients for a leaf-peeping drive to the North Georgia Mountains - and a lovely afternoon at Second Wind. An Oncology Physician Assistant with over 20 years of experience, Kathy prepared a delicious, healthy lunch then gave everyone the chance to visit with each other and explore Second Wind and its natural surroundings. It was a fun and inspiring day that gave Kathy's patients a break from dealing with illness, with the chance to just enjoy the beautiful, colorful season.
Kathy has a new blog called "New Cancer Info Made Easy" that provides up-to-date information on new cancer treatments in an easy- to-understand format. Check it out at easycancerinfo.blogspot.com