For the third year in a row, the Abramson Cancer Center at PAH extended its celebration of cancer survivorship from a single day in June to the entire month.
The highlight event of the month came on June 10th, when staff and patients of the ACC at PAH gathered outside in the Elm Garden for Pack a Lunch Picnic Day and a bake sale. Open to all staff, patients and community members, the event provided a forum for cancer survivors to connect with other survivors and celebrate the milestones they’ve achieved. It was also a time to recognize family members, friends and health care professionals who have supported the survivors along the way.
“This event means a lot to me,” said cancer survivor Kim Karnell, who attended with her sister, Cindy, for herself and in honor of their mother, Joan, the namesake of PAH’s Joan Karnell Supportive Care Services program. “It enables me to connect with my mom and her memory, and it also makes me feel good to be able to give back in her honor.”
A devoted wife, mother, friend, and cancer support network volunteer, Joan Karnell received care for ovarian cancer at PAH for eight years before her passing in 1990.
“My family and I are proud of what the Supportive Care Program has become here, we really, truly are,” said Karnell.
On June 24th, Lucretia Hurley Browning, PAH chaplain, led a dedication ceremony for the new Hope Bell in the Radiation Oncology department. Also during the month, the Hope Bells on both the Inpatient Oncology, 6 Scheidt, and the Infusion Department of the ACC PAH on 5 Farm Journal, were re-dedicated.
“Feedback from staff and patients made us realize that we needed to re-think the purpose of ringing the Hope Bells,” said Marylou Osterman, Cancer Center coordinator. “They had the potential to signify so much more than just completing a certain phase of treatment.”