Early in the morning of Tuesday, February 14—Valentine’s Day—a representative from Project Valentine stepped through the doors of the GSMC Cancer Centers of Colorado (CCC) building. The volunteer coordinator, a breast cancer survivor, was there to deliver Valentine’s Day gift bags to patients currently undergoing infusion treatments to help make life for our patients a “little sweeter.”
The Valentine’s Day gift bags included such items as water bottles, stuffed animals, coloring books and other items to help patients feel more comfortable both during treatment and in their daily lives. Patty Harper, RN, OCN; and Jennifer Anthony, RN, OCN (both pictured here); helped pass out bags to patients throughout the day.
Project Valentine’s founder, Colleen Anderson, was diagnosed with stage-three ovarian cancer in 2002. While undergoing a chemotherapy session on Valentine’s Day, she received a gift bag from her friends—a gesture that inspired her to make a positive difference in her community of fellow cancer patients.
Every year, the project’s generous volunteers and contributors lovingly assemble and hand-deliver care packages to men, women and children across the Denver metro area. This year, the project delivered over 500 bags to patients across 18 infusion centers, including Good Sam’s CCC.
Please visit the Project Valentine homepage to learn more or get involved: http://www.projectvalentine.org/