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JPMF Receives Handmade Pillows for Cancer Patients

Local sorority Xi Lambda Lambda, Beta Sigma Phi Chapter, at the Great Outdoors in Titusville presented Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) with more than 55 handmade pillows for mastectomy and breast cancer patients at Parrish Medical Center (PMC).

“Fighting cancer is hard enough. Our sorority chapter is focused on giving back to the community and wanted to support breast cancer survivors,” said Ileane Patterson, sorority vice president. The pillows remove pressure and provide relief for mastectomy or lymph node resection surgery patients or during chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Several members from the Beta Sigman Phi Chapter presented the mastectomy and breast cancer pillows to Shannon Luker, PMC breast health navigator and oncology program coordinator, and Misty Wilson, director of Jess Parrish Medical Foundation. The sorority has supported the hospital throughout the years by donating crocheted hats for cancer patients, sewed teddy bears and colorful pillowcases for pediatric patients.

“We really appreciate the time this sorority took to make the pillows, which will be so comforting to patients in our Cancer Care program. As the breast health navigator, I’ve seen firsthand the relief these pillows can provide. They will be offered in the PMC Cancer Care Boutique which provides free supplies, coordinated care, mammograms for underinsured or noninsured patients and much more. I’m very thankful for this generous and heartfelt donation,” added Luker.

group pic of 2016 Pillows Sorority

Members of the Xi Lambda Lambda, Beta Sigma Phi Chapter present pillowcases to Jess Parrish Medical Foundation for breast cancer patients at Parrish Medical Center. Pictured (Font, L-R) are: Misty Wilson, director of Jess Parrish Medical Foundation; Ileane Patterson, Rosalind Zahn, and Jeanne Rauff; (second row, L-R) Donna Gruel, Kim Hessler, Sandra Wofford and Susan Kalkman.