On Saturday, August 3rd, 25 volunteers joined together to transform four exam rooms and the nurse’s break room at El Camino Hospital Chemotherapy Center in Mountain View, Ca.
Most had never met before; most had never volunteered with RoomsThatRock4Chemo. However, by the time our day was done, everyone came together to cheer and celebrate the amazing work, camaraderie and results this marvelous team accomplished in one short day.
All four rooms had the same birch tree stencils donated by Cutting Edge Stencils. Yet each room was unique in detail and art donated by Art.com. All rooms looked amazing making our Project #11 a huge success.
There are many tears shed in these rooms and much joyful news as well. These rooms will make the harsh news easier, and the joyful news more joyful.
On Sunday, August 4th, while most were snuggled in bed or enjoying family time, I was invited to meet with Dr. Shane Dormay (who came home early from his vacation to participate), his patient Amanda Cardenas (who graciously agreed to speak on behalf of Dr. D’s patients), Kimberly Beck, Public Relations and Social Media for El Camino, and Lisa Krieger of the Mercury News.
It is difficult to explain the flood of emotions I experienced watching Dr. D and Amanda as they took a tour of the new, improved RTR4C rooms for the first time. You could hear a pin drop between the tears and sniffles, including my own. As they moved from room to room and back again, they both were overwhelmed at the transformation, the remarkable contribution donated by volunteers and by the incredible difference that will be felt by each and every patient, staff member, family member and friends, that spend time in these rooms.
It is not often I am privy to the thoughts and emotions of the staff and patients after a project is completed. I am overwhelmed by the appreciation and even more, the impact these transformed spaces promise. I know it for sure in my heart, but to be a part of it, raw and in person was a treasured moment I will never forget.
Dr. Dormady said, “There are many tears shed in these rooms and much joyful news as well. These rooms will make the harsh news easier, and the joyful news more joyful.”
These rooms will impact approximately 5,200 patient visits per year.
I say, “mission accomplished!”
Cancer Patient Amanda Cardenas and Dr. Shane Dormandy get their first look at the remodeled treatment rooms
Our sincere thanks to:
Bonnie J. Addario, our Project Sponsor, mentor and friend
Pen TV for filming our project and believing in what we do
Michael Addario, photographer
Sean Pate of Art.com, Cutting Edge Stencils and The David Benzer Torture Cancer Foundation, donors on our project.
Our RTR4C Designer Cora Sue Anthony of HGTV and Elisa Uribe (break room); Andres Torres and Kelsey (red roorm) Marsha Heckman and Marion Wilson (green room); Linda and Ian Cavanaugh and their team of supporters (blue room) who designed, transformed and dedicated a room in memory of Ken Cavanaugh (husband and father) and spend countess hours in these rooms. They truly inspired the entire project. Art class friends of Linda, Mary Harden, Catherine Dellor, Mary Ann Ho, and Judy Ellis (grey room).
Kimberly Beck, of El Camino, Diane Shapiro, PR and Mario Ballard of RTR4C, The Staff at El Camino for providing food for all our volunteers, and working with us for so long to get this amazing project completed.
Environment does make a difference. RoomsThatRock4Chemo does make a difference. Our volunteers, sponsors and friends that continue to support our most heartfelt projects make a difference.