Breast cancer survivor wants patients in the Northland to know about GVL Thrive

A cancer survivor is reaching out to other patients to provide hope

Cancer survivor Steph Kennelly founded GVL Thrive to encourage other cancer patients to stay strong.

Steph Kennelly knows what it’s like to fight through cancer. The Eagan woman is a survivor herself.

And thinking about her wonderful time at the lake helped her through the tough treatment.

So afterwards, she decided to organize a way to help other survivors and their families.

It’s called GVL Thrive. GVL stands for Grand View Lodge, which is in Nisswa.

Owners of the units donate the time, Grand View donates cleaning, and the INDY Foundation donates a swag bag. They are preparing for the third summer.

People can stay for free, and just enjoy being together.

“One mom brought the other moms from her son’s hockey team. We’ve had some good birthday parties out here,” she said.

Kennelly is taking applications now for next summer. The only qualifications are you need to be going through treatment and need to live in Minnesota.

“Just knowing that there is hope and life and thriving during and after cancer, and that there’s a supportive community that cares about you and wants to help,” Kennelly added.

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