JPMF and PMC Host Symphony of Hope Concert
Jess Parrish Medical Foundation’s (JPMF) Spirit of Philanthropy network
and the Parrish Medical Center (PMC) cancer team hosted the second annual
“Symphony of Hope Concert” at PMC on July 28. Three musicians
from the Brevard Symphony Orchestra serenaded more than 150 cancer survivors,
patients and families who attended the event.
Guests also celebrated the grand opening of the newly renovated Cancer
Care Boutique, which was funded through proceeds received from JPMF’s
2010 Masquerade Benefit Ball. Guests had the opportunity to purchase Symphony
of Hope “bling” shirts from PMC’s Pink Angel Gift Shop
to wear to the event. Additionally, Dianne Jennings, PMC cardio/diagnostic
imaging coding and QA specialist, created a beautifully decorated bra, which
The Downtown Gallery framed to become an exquisite piece of art that was
auctioned off at the event. “The event was a huge success! All the
survivors, patients and families enjoyed the beautiful music and were
touched by the personal testimony given by Dawn Cummings, local cancer
survivor. The event made them feel special, which is particularly important
at this time in their cancer journey,” said Marsha Richardson, PMC
oncology program coordinator and breast health navigator.
Located on PMC’s fifth floor, the Cancer Care Boutique provides
a pampering environment with the resources to help cancer patients adjust
to the social and psychological effects of cancer. The boutique is used
to focus on a patient’s self-esteem and well-being by providing
wigs, turbans, hats, bras and prostheses. Educational consultations are
also given. The boutique is available to patients with all types of cancer,
with an emphasis on breast cancer.
“This project demonstrates our benefactors’ commitment to
living PMC’s vision of Healing Families—Healing Communities®.
We thank them for their generosity and for allowing us to turn this dream
into a reality,” said Laurie Smirl, executive director, Jess Parrish
Local experts provide resources to help cancer patients receive healing
experiences in the boutique. Aja Assad, owner of Aja Salon & Day Spa
in Titusville, is an American Cancer Society volunteer who facilitates
the Look Good Feel Better program at PMC. “She has volunteered her
expertise in cosmetology for many years and is dedicated to improving
the lives of those undergoing cancer treatment by offering suggestions
and advice to cope with the appearance side effects of chemotherapy and
radiation,” said Richardson.
Betty Thorstenson, licensed orthotic fitter at Sego’s Home Medical
Equipment in Titusville, provides her expertise in fitting patients for
proper post-breast surgery garments. “She has worked successfully
to provide this service to our patients to better prepare them for their
recovery,” said Richardson.
The American Cancer Society provides all the resources for the boutique
through community donations. Resources include wigs, turbans, hats, bras
and prostheses at no cost to the patients.
“We’d like to thank everyone involved who made this boutique
possible and who continue to provide resources and support. It is such
an invaluable resource for our community,” said Gloria Velez-Barone,
PMC director of service line development.
For more information about the Cancer Care Boutique and the resources
available at PMC, contact 321-268-6111, ext. 3544.
About Jess Parrish Medical FoundationThe mission of JPMF is to inspire
philanthropy and volunteerism in support of Parrish Medical Center’s
mission of healing experiences for everyone all the time. Through staff
and volunteers, JPMF raises funds to support healthcare initiatives in
North Brevard County. JPMF’s featured projects include Cancer Care,
The Children’s Center, the Parrish Health Village and the Center
for Lifelong Health. For more information about Jess Parrish Medical Foundation,
call 321-269-4066 or visit parrishmedfoundation.com.
About Parrish Medical CenterParrish Medical Center, located at 951 N.
Washington Ave., Titusville, Florida, is a 210-bed, not-for-profit public
medical center serving North Brevard County for more than 50 years. PMC
earned the Gallup Great Workplace Award, the J.D. Power and Associates
Distinguished Hospital ProgramSM Award for An Outstanding Inpatient Experience,
was named a Modern Healthcare magazine Top 100 Place to Work in Healthcare
and a Spirit of Excellence Award Winner. PMC was voted America’s
# 1 Healing Hospital three years in a row. The medical center has been
awarded nine disease specific certification gold seals from the Joint
Commission in acute coronary syndrome, breast cancer, diabetes education,
heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement, palliative care, stroke
and wound healing. For more information, visit parrishmed.com.