Legacy Salmon Creek provides a light of hope for patients
For many cancer patients the journey is difficult both physically and emotionally, but the staff at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center want to provide breast cancer patients with a light of hope.
A dozen of Legacy Salmon Creek staff and community members came together on BRAVE Day (Breast Restoration Advocacy Education), to paint a large ribbon on a wall in an operating room that is frequently used for surgeries. BRAVE Day is a day supported by the Pink Lemonade Project to educate breast cancer patients about their right and choices for prevention, treatment and recovery.
When patients are wheeled into surgery a lot of thoughts and worries cross their minds as they feel uncertain about what’s next. The ribbon serves as a symbol of hope to patients before they undergo surgery. As a breast surgical oncologist for Legacy Cancer Institute, Cory Donovan, M.D., operates in the room frequently and believes that the pink ribbon is a symbol of support and should let patients know they are loved and cared for right before surgery.
Lynn Miller, a community member who shares a connection with breast cancer through her daughter-in-law Jaime Miller, a Vancouver resident, who died from complications from triple-negative breast cancer at age 42 last year, showed her support helping paint the ribbon.
Lynn Miller said she appreciates the things that keep Jaime Miller’s memory alive. Lynn Miller has a painting background and painted the word “hope” in black ink onto the pink ribbon stating that “as long as you have hope, you have everything. When there is no more hope, that’s it.”
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