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RTR4C Our Story

THE CATERPILLAR

In May 2011, founder and artist Nancy Ballard visited her doctor with one of her botanical paintings under her arm. Her doctor wished out loud that his dreary chemo room could be enhanced with beautiful artwork. After a brief tour, Ballard felt compelled to donate paintings and she also saw a much bigger future for the project. In an effort to revamp the chemotherapy rooms in their entirety, Nancy reached out to 20 local interior designers for their professional aid. Within three days, six designers had reacted enthusiastically, volunteering their time and creative efforts for the first RTR4C Project.

THE BUTTERFLY

Since then, Nancy and the volunteers for her San Francisco-based nonprofit, Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo, have converted more than 175 rooms in 20 facilities into “Rooms That Rock”, impacting over half a Million patient visits per year – all supported by 100% volunteer labor.  RTR4C collaborates with expert designers, volunteers, local vendors and sponsors to transform hospital and clinic chemotherapy treatment rooms into beautiful, tranquil environments where true healing can occur and spirits can be lifted. RTR4C believes environments that are uplifting, inspiring and hopeful, ease the suffering of all cancer patients — both children and adults.

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OUR MISSION

RTR4C mobilizes compassionate artists, designers, and volunteers to transform chemotherapy treatment facilities into vibrant, beautiful spaces that encourage healing and hope for all who are affected by cancer.

OUR VISION

RTR4C envisions a world in which all who are touched by cancer – regardless of income, geography, background, or age – have access to inspiring and hopeful chemotherapy treatment facilities that support the healing process.

OUR VALUES

Community
RTR4C believes the collective energy, skills, and passion of a community can be harnessed to address the community’s most pressing needs.

Partnership
RTR4C views nurses, physicians, patients, and families as co-creators and engages these critical stakeholders to design beautiful, purposeful, and culturally-inclusive treatment spaces.

Empowerment
RTR4C believes beautiful and inspiring treatment spaces can help improve self-confidence of patients and better support families.

Simple Solutions
RTR4C believes simple solutions have the power to solve complex problems; in a single weekend, a treatment space can be redesigned to substantially and positively transform the healing process.

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RoomsThatRock4Chemo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; and is a member of Local Independent Charities of America. Federal Tax ID: 46-2777062

RTR4C is a volunteer organization operating through contributions, in-kind donations, and proceeds from fund-raising events. They do not receive state or federal funding and are solely dependent on contributions from the community, individuals and corporations. RTR4C has no religious or political agendas or affiliations.

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