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Donations help cancer center patients

Cancer care bags recently donated to Spectrum Health Foundation at Pennock

Cancer care bags recently donated to Spectrum Health Foundation at Pennock for the cancer center will provide patients with warmth, comfort and personal notes of encouragement.

“Donations such as this provide our patients with items they may not have when in for appointments; to know the community is thinking of you when going through a tough treatment is encouraging,” Janine Dalman, Spectrum Health Foundation executive director said. “These cancer care bags are deeply appreciated.”

As part of a monthly project, the TK Senior Center, run by Thornapple Kellogg Community Enrichment, chose to make these goodie bags to benefit patients at the center. Each bag included a small fleece lap blanket, fleece “toasty toes” foot sack, tissues, toothbrush and toothpaste, mints, crossword puzzle book, ginger tea, lip balm, hand sanitizer and a card with words of encouragement.

“The group of senior citizens had a wonderful time creating these cancer care bags, knowing they would be given to patients locally,” Laura Munjoy, TK Community Enrichment administrative assistant said. “They spent the afternoon putting together the bags, making blankets and writing thoughtful notes for each individual who will receive a bag. Contents of the bags were donated by community members, and supplies were made possible with a grant from Barry Community Foundation.”

In 2018, the cancer center hosted 690 provider visits, 699 infusions and 325 chemotherapy treatments.

Any group or individual looking to support cancer patients and services with donated items or monetarily may email Janine Dalman, janine.dalman@spectrumhealth.org, or call 269-945-3651. Cash donations are used for direct patient care, transportation, food vouchers and comfort items not covered by insurance.

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