Canton, Ohio: When Darlene King-Mayberry, RN, BC, Clinical Manager of Mercy Homecare, lost her mother to breast cancer more than two years ago, she knew first hand the effect cancer has on its innocent victims and their loved ones. Six months prior to that, she lost her mother-in-law (a breast cancer survivor) to lung cancer. Since then, her mission has been to give something back in their memory.
Darlene decided to head up a project for Mercy Homecare & Hospice to raise money for cancer awareness through Relay for Life. She found she was not alone in her experience with breast cancer. “Many Homecare and Hospice staff members have been touched by breast cancer in some way, shape or form,” explained Darlene, “Four of our former Homecare employees have had breast cancer.”
Through their efforts selling “Fight Like a Girl” breast cancer awareness shirts, the employees raised more than $2,500 for this year’s Relay for Life event and are looking to raise even more for next year’s walk. The departments have been so motivated by this project that the fund raising t-shirt has already been designed for 2011.
“She (my mother) gave so much of herself to others, I know she would be proud of our efforts to raise money towards finding a cure for this horrible disease,” added King-Mayberry, “It is good medicine for my heart to give back in her memory, I sure do miss her.” She added that this project has brought the Homecare and Hospice departments a little closer – they are “truly like family”.
Mercy Homecare offers a comprehensive range of home health services designed to promote recovery, rehabilitation and maximum independence. Staffed by compassionate, experienced professionals, Mercy Homecare strives to provide care for the whole person. Intermittent skilled nursing services are provided under the direction of a physician. Mercy Hospice is dedicated to helping patients with a life-limiting illness achieve the best quality of life possible while offering respite and comfort to their caregivers and loved ones. Serving adults and children with a terminal illness, Hospice gives patients the opportunity to remain at home, or in a home-like setting, with the people and things they cherish most.
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.
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