At RoomsThatRock4Chemo we are coming up on our 12th project !
San Francisco General Hospital, located in San Francisco, CA, has a large chemotherapy unit and we will be transforming all the infusion rooms (5), the nurses station, nurses break room, the largest waiting room I’ve ever seen and the long halls along the way. We only have a weekend to complete our project and even then, there will be patients to work around – they never close.
This is where the kindness of strangers and supporters alike come in and make a difference.
Cutting Edge Stencils has donated to every project (which I think is all 12 to date….) along with stencil brushes, levels so we can get our designs straight, and tons of appreciation for what we do.
Art.Com, headquartered in Emeryville, has also been an outstanding donor with wall art for our projects, knowing for sure, as they say, “Art sparks healing”, and it does! Once again, each room will have amazing hand picked art for patients to drift into while waiting and/or receiving care. This will be their third project with us.
Volunteers… how do I count the ways? Home Depot, collaborating with us for the third time, provides all our paint and paint supplies in addition to SIX volunteers each day that know how to paint, stencil and teach those that do not.
Our designer, Cora Sue Anthony, as seen on HGTV and her amazing assistant, Andres Torres (no he doesn’t play baseball) will oversee the project and make sure everything is done on time and on budget.
A newcomer to our team, Kelly Buscovich, created all our storyboards in such as way they were approved the first time around – which in itself is amazing and speaks highly of her skills and kindness in donating her time.
Each project requires a $5,000 Administrative Fee to secure our transformation. That’s it! Divided by nine rooms …it is such a deal. That comes up to $555.555556 dollars per room.
Impossible right? Well, with the help of a Sponsor, donors and volunteers, we get it done.
This project is funded and Sponsored by The Loy & Dororthy Linebarger Memorial Endowment Fund. For those of you that know me, it is, indeed my maiden name. My sister Allaire (Lulu) and my brother Loy III and his wife Sandy are sponsoring this project in memory of our parent, Bud & Dorth. Nice. Really nice.
My daughter is married to a man I consider a son. I love him to bits. His mother died of breast cancer when he was just 12; we never met her. Somehow it just slipped my mind to offer him a room transformed in his mother’s name. Until now. And so, there will be a Nini’s Room. The theme is roses, her favorite flower. Once again, really nice. Once again, the magic of these rooms and to pay tribute to the Bradford Family.
And then, the frosting on the cake, so to speak. Why SF General? Of course, they are very supportive and appreciative of our project, and so deserving…..but there is a deeper connection.
On November 11, 2003, a friend, John Sommerfield, was walking his six-year old son Nicholas across Monterey Blvd. in San Francisco to catch the bus to school. Nicholas was happily singing a song he learned in kindergarten, holding his dad’s hand while they crossed the street in the crosswalk. A driver was not paying attention while making a turn, running right into little Nicholas and his father John. Nicholas died at SF General, and his dad spent 5 days there, his life changed forever.
He shared this story with me as an affirmation that RTR4C does, indeed, understand pain and he admired our willingness and devotion to help in some small way to alleviate such.
It was then I knew SF General would be our next project and it would be in honor of Nicholas and his family – a fitting venue to pay tribute to the sweet and gentle and much too short life of Nicholas.
John and his 13-year old son Colin–who was just three years old when he lost his adored big brother–picked out the photos that will adorn the walls in Nicky’s Room. Shannon Geis, an amazing and gifted muralist has agreed to create a beach scene on the walls, one of Nicholas’ favorite places and a fond family memory.
All of us at RoomsThatRock4Chemo are grateful, overwhelmed and elated to help as a conduit for all of the above. It’s just what RTR4C does – brings together in a way that makes a difference, a bit of sunshine, a rainbow, a fish, the wish upon a star – that brings hope and hopefully a bittersweet closure to real life as we know it.
My sincere thank you to all that make this vision a reality. The magic of these rooms never ceases to amaze and bring me to my knees in awe and thanksgiving. Xoxo
Contact Information: Nancy Ballard, Executive Director RTR4C firstname.lastname@example.org www.roomsthatrock4chemo.us 415 5181716
Dedication Ceremony: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @5pm