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RTR4C Rocks with the MLB San Francisco Giants
Based out of San Francisco USA, Rooms that Rock 4 Chemo joined forces with the professional baseball team, the San Francisco Giants for our 15th and 16th transformations, Saint Mary’s Medical Center and Saint Francis Memorial Hospital. Nancy Ballard, RTR4C’s founder, was overjoyed to have this special community partnership in her hometown.
After our first project with the Giants, RTR4C was honored on the field at a night game on May 24, 2014 at AT&T Park where they showed a video of our transformation. In just 2 short weekends our wonderful group of volunteers with the help of current and former pitchers, Matt Cain and Dave Draveky, donors, and sponsors helped make this project truly one of RTR4C’s finest!
Saint Mary’s Medical Center (May 2014)
Pitcher, Matt Cain, joined in on the action, “threw out the first paintbrush” and helped paint our first ever Giants-Themed Room. He personally thanked all our volunteers, and signed autographs – a true sport!
The San Francisco Giants Room of Hope is dedicated to our very own San Francisco Giants Team and their amazing in-house staff. The San Francisco Giants receive over 300 requests a day for donations. Nancy had the good fortune to meet Albert J, the Giants’ community relation’s manager. He agreed to partner with RTR4C before she could even ask the question. Albert J. also primed us to work with other ball teams throughout the country.
“It’s nice to see that they can put a Giants room together. Hopefully, that will be a winning room and will get some patients through there nice and quick to a speedy recovery.” ~ Matt Cain
“My mother passed away from breast cancer 4 years ago today. She was a wonderful artist, and I also have that skill. I think your organization is fantastic. My mother received her treatment in Ohio, at some not so visually pleasing places and I would love to help in your efforts in remodeling St. Mary’s. I am a professional painter.” ~ Volunteer
Saint Francis Memorial Hospital (November 2015)
Rooms: 3 | Beds/Chairs: 7 | Patient Visits: 10,920/year
Working with local artists, designers, and even the San Francisco Giants baseball team, our 100% volunteer team transformed the community infusion room, a private patient room, and a new break room for the nurses. These spaces alone will impact 10,000+ patient visits annually.
The rooms were dedicated on Monday, November 13, 2016 with the help of former San Francisco Giant, and cancer survivor, Dave Dravecky.
“Creating an environment where you come in you already have this incredible thing staring you in the face that is creating a lot of uncertainty and a lot of concern over life, to come to a place where get settled into something like this that’s so beautiful and it helps you to actually cope.” ~ Dave Dravecky
“The rooms as they were were kind of gray, kind of sterile, not very warm and fuzzy. We really worked on the environment, so if people have to sit here and get infused with that awful stuff, at least the view’s nice.” ~ St. Francis Foundation President President
- The San Francisco Giants – signed baseball, signed paintbrush and framed jersey
- NCARB Senior Architect VMI Architecture, I nc– Stencil for Giants Room
- Home Depot
- Phillip Moss
- Cutting Edge Stencils
- Behr Paint
- Home Depot
- Melissa Mermin, Photographer
Roomsthatrock4chemo.org transforms chemotherapy treatment facilities into positive healing spaces using 100% volunteer team effort and sponsorships all across the world. We are devoted to creating positive, healing, lovely and uplifting spaces that spiritually, emotionally, and physically support those dealing with cancer. Our process is rooted in the science and psychology of holistic healing.
Studies show that nurturing and creative environments greatly impact the healing process. A positive and relaxing environment comprised of natural surroundings is the optimal setting (a beautiful spa or outdoor nature setting), but we know that hospitals, chemotherapy treatment facilities, and infusion centers can be sad and dreary.
By collaborating with interior designers, local vendors and facilities that provide treatment we are able to transform unimaginative often sterile spaces into vibrant, warm and peaceful environments that make a real difference for chemotherapy patients, their families, and their caregivers.
With nearly 1.7 million new cases of cancer per year in just the United States alone, the importance of getting proper care in a vibrant and uplifting environment is vital. With 177 rooms rocked in 20 facilities, this is only the beginning for what Rooms that Rock 4 Chemo wants to provide for treatment centers around the world. RTR4C is truly a community effort passionate about healing spaces!
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