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.