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Local Students Display Sign of Support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital | 0 comments

Auburn – While developing breast cancer as a teenager is rare, students at Colfax High School in Placer County wanted to do something significant to support those in the community with breast cancer.

Elle Lippold, a junior at Colfax High School, said the students wanted patients to know that they were thinking of them and sending support during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Students from Colfax High School in Placer County.

The students created a 4-foot banner with pink handprints showing students’ “slapping out cancer” that is now displayed outside the Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Infusion Center. In addition to the sign, the students also donated nearly 50 handmade blankets to be distributed to patients this month.

“The blankets were being enjoyed by patients as soon as they were delivered,” said Kastonya McKenna, regional infusion center clinical nurse manager at SAFH. “It’s heartwarming that the students wanted to make a difference by brightening the day of our patients, as well as our staff.”

Eugene Smith wrapped up in a football-themed blanket.

The students from the Colfax Leadership and Leos clubs spent weeks making the blankets, two pieces of fleece material that are knotted together to form an extra layer of comfort and warmth.

“I wanted to make and donate the blankets because my dad received cancer treatments,” said Elle. “He said was always extremely cold during chemotherapy so the thought of donating blankets to others really touched me.”

Ellen Carlson, oncology nurse navigator at SAFH, was happy that high school students recognize the impact cancer can have on both a family and a community. With more than 3 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S., we have come a long way in the fight against breast cancer, said Ellen.

Before leaving, the students left a note of inspiration for patients in our care, “Cancer is an ugly disease, but the beauty of life after cancer is worth fighting for. Thinking of you, Colfax High School.”

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital | 0 comments