The Lance Family: a Tribute to Dr. John Hill

The Lance Family: a Tribute to Dr. John Hill

On July 8, 2016, Larry, Jeff and Natascha Lance presented a $10,000 check to Pardee Hospital Foundation for the new Cancer Center at Pardee Hospital in memory of Larry’s wife and Jeff and Natascha’s mother, Hannelore Lance.

Hannelore, who passed away in June 2014, was treated by John Hill, M.D., of Hendersonville Hematology & Oncology at Pardee. Hannelore formed a strong bond with Dr. Hill and her nurses at Pardee. Because of this bond, the Lance family decided to name Dr. Hill’s new office at the Cancer Center in honor of Hannelore. (more…)

Lavinia Zimmerman’s Story

Lavinia Zimmerman spends some of her down time volunteering for Pardee Hospital. Through her volunteer work with the hospital, Lavinia heard about the new Comprehensive Cancer Center that was to be built on 7th Avenue. This news struck a cord with Zimmerman. Ten years ago, Lavinia’s husband passed away after a fight with bile duct cancer.

Throughout her husband’s diagnosis and cancer treatment, Zimmerman traveled a great deal in order to find the best possible care for her husband, including participation in clinical trials. Lavinia knows first hand how stressful travel can be for cancer patients and their loved ones. She hopes the Cancer Center, located here in Hendersonville, will spare others from having to travel long distances to access the best possible care.

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– Blue Ridge Now, January 1, 2016

Bernie Linder’s Story

Bernie Linder’s Story

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.” (more…)

General Frank Blazey’s Story

General Frank Blazey’s Story

Frank Blazey graduated from West Point in 1946, and went on to serve as a young Captain in the Korean War. He was awarded a Silver Star for his leadership as company commander in the 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Blazey served on the front lines in combat, in an advisory role in the early years of the Vietnam War, and then went back to West Point, where he earned an MBA. After his retirement from the military in 1974, Blazey worked for Coca-Cola and a manufacturing company.

When the Pardee Foundation called about the capital campaign for the new Comprehensive Cancer Center, Blazey shocked his visitors by saying, “I’ll make it easy for you.” He wanted to donate $25,000 in honor of his daughter, Gay Burgess Blazey, who died of colon cancer in 1990 at age 42. Pardee will name a chemotherapy treatment room in her honor. Blazey and his wife also had two sons, both of whom served in the military.

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– Hendersonville Lightning, May 18, 2016

Nada Raube’s Story

Nada Raube’s Story

Nada was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 when she lived in New Jersey. She underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy in nearby Philadelphia and her cancer went into remission. When she moved here in 2009, she began seeing a new physician who recommended a routine bone scan. The bone scan detected that the cancer had returned and metastasized to her bones. When the physician retired, she referred Nada to Hendersonville Hematology and Oncology at Pardee, where Nada began seeing Dr. James Radford.

“I sing Dr. Radford’s praises. He is such a good match for my personality and has done a wonderful job working with me, letting me know what’s happening and letting me live my life rather than being treated constantly. He has just been wonderful.” (more…)

Tim Jones’ Story

Tim Jones’ Story

Tim Jones is 62, was born in Hendersonville and has lived here all his life. He went in for a routine colonoscopy in March 2015, which detected a tumor. He had the tumor removed and learned he had stage IV colon cancer. He met with Dr. James Radford after his surgery.

“When I first went from having a routine colonoscopy to having cancer, I went back to my family physician, Dr. Moffitt. I asked him if I needed to see someone else or get a second opinion. He told me Dr. Radford is at the top of the class and if he had a family member in the same position as me, he’d send them to Dr. Radford. I felt good going in. Once we did the initial interview with Dr. Radford, I began chemotherapy every other week and blood work every week. The team at Hendersonville Hematology and Oncology at Pardee does a great job of making me feel comfortable with where I am and how things are going. I’m making progress in the right direction.”

“It’s obvious Dr. Radford’s team could use more room for their offices, exam rooms and chemo clinic. To be honest, I had no idea there was a chemo clinic in the current building until I was the patient. I think if people become more aware of what’s available and there’s a need there, the new center will be something that can be very helpful.”

“I’ve been impressed with not only the level of care with Dr. Radford, but also the nurses at the chemo center that I see every other week. These nurses are working with people who have life-threatening diseases and they treat you in a way that make you feel very comfortable with their care. It takes a very special type of nurse to work in that area, I think. Even when I come in the front door of the practice, the staff at the reception desk are very helpful. It’s just a team effort, from the front desk to the doctor. It’s been an amazing experience working with them. If I had not had the need for cancer treatment, I wouldn’t have known. Even if someone isn’t dealing with cancer in their life, it’s important to know the new center will be available.

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