SUPPORT WOMEN HELPING WOMEN WITH THE PURCHASE OF A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER BY KELLY CORRIGAN
Corrigan is a mother, a writer, and the creator of CircusofCancer.org, a website that teaches people how to help a friend with cancer. She was the keynote speaker at Pardee Hospital Foundation’s Women Helping Women luncheon. You can currently purchase her books at the Foundation office. All proceeds go to Women Helping Women—a Pardee Hospital Foundation program to support uninsured and under-insured women in Western North Carolina.
Twenty-three Women of Hope recipients from past years were honored at a luncheon and a matinee production of Flat Rock Playhouse’s “The Glass Menagerie” on Thursday, October 4.
More than 425 men and women gathered at Blue Ridge Community College on Friday, October 19 to raise over $166,000 to help uninsured and underinsured women at Pardee Hospital with health care expenses. In addition, a group of Pardee physicians raised $7,500 and challenged those in attendance to match their contribution. To date more than $9,000 has been raised in matched donations.
The money raised from Pardee Hospital’s Women Helping Women program provides financial assistance for breast cancer and breast health, heart disease, osteoporosis, other women’s cancers and critical needs for women’s health. In addition preventative screenings and treatment are available to qualified patients.
The 21st annual event, hosted by Pardee Hospital Foundation, honored the 2018 “Woman of Hope,” Lisa Bryant who shared her inspirational story of a Stage II breast cancer diagnosis in April of 2017 , twenty chemo sessions, a year of infusions and four surgeries. In August of 2018, she was declared cancer-free. Bryant, Artistic Director at Flat Rock Playhouse joins 56 past recipients as an honored Woman of Hope.
“I hope that I will always recall the kindness and compassion that was extended to me daily by so many people,” Bryant said. “I hope that I will always return that kindness and compassion and model leading with a caring heart as life’s journey continues.”
Each year, the event features a guest speaker who presents a message of hope and inspiration. This year, New York Times best selling author Kelly Corrigan shared her passion for cancer care and how it leads to a tremendous growth experience. Her message and her books have grown from her personal battle with breast cancer while caring for her father who was also undergoing cancer treatment.
Pardee Choice is an Annual Employee Giving Campaign.
Employees make pledges to donate to United Way and/or the Pardee Foundation. To date, the campaign has raised over $20,000 and runs through November 2 with more pledges arriving everyday.
Pardee Choice chair Karen Yagerhofer accepts some of the first pledge forms from Pardee Hospital team members Andrea Neumeyer and Nicole Sexton.
PARDEE Hospital hosted the annual Volunteer Services Celebration Dinner October 9th to honor the dedicated men and women who fulfill a vital role in the quality care of our patients. They enjoyed an evening of food and fellowship and twenty five volunteers were recognized for specific hours achieved, starting at 500 hours.
Karla Reese, manager of Volunteer Services, Pardee CEO Jay Kirby, and Mary Spon, chairperson for Volunteer Services welcomed the honorees. Vice President of Clinical Services Denise Lucas shared her message of thanks. Sarah Hinson presented information about the Pardee at Work program, and Dr. Jennifer McAlister spoke about her specialty role as a board certified breast surgeon.
Some volunteers have been serving for many years including B.J. Alison who achieved her 18,000 hours pin. Giving back to the community and hospital, a desire to help others, and providing customer service and compassion to people in need are among the reasons volunteers give for their motivation to serve. “Our 200 adult volunteers are so dedicated and giving,” explained Reese.“We definitely rely on them every day to provide their customary care and support to both patients and visitors.