Bernie Linder was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2002. Linder was pleased with the excellent treatment he received from Dr. William Medina, his oncologist, and Dr. Stuart Glassman, his surgeon. But what stands out most in his mind, 14 years after cancer treatment, is the exceptional care he received from his cancer nurse navigator, Leann Noakes.

In a recent article in the Hendersonville Lightning, Bernie acknowledged that it is the doctors’ job to choose the right medication, dosage and timing, but that it was his nurse that made the treatment bearable. “What was important was her attitude,” he said. “She made it much more acceptable.”

Linder was impressed when he read about the partnership between Blue Ridge Community College, Wingate University, Pardee Hospital, and the City of Hendersonville to build a new Comprehensive Cancer Center in Hendersonville. He knew that partnerships like there were special. As special as the care he received from his nurse navigator all those years ago. When the Linders learned of the Foundation’s capital campaign for the center, they jumped at the opportunity to honor Bernie’s nurse. Bernie and his wife made a donation that will name the Cancer Center’s patient navigator room for Leann Noakes, one of two patient navigators at Pardee.

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– Hendersonville Lightning, April 21, 2016