Nancy’s daughter-in-law, Karri Ballard, is an oncology nurse and works at Marin Specialty Care. Their two rooms, a private treatment room and a community room, were in dire need of remodeling. Karri thus mentioned RTR4C to her supervisors and they were quite interested to find out how to utilize our expertise in decorating their suites. After the first meeting, they were very excited with what RTR4C can do for their two chemotherapy rooms and wanted to move forward with the project.
Fortunately, the Marin independent Journal, a Marin County newspaper, wrote a lovely article in the paper about our first project at Dr. Hufford’s offices in San Francisco and our new upcoming project with Marin Specialty Care. As a result, RTR4C received numerous calls and offers of help for the Marin Specialty Care project.
Our first call was from a lovely French Architect, named Corinne Fuller. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer and had just started chemotherapy in July in this very facility. She begged to have the chemotherapy community room “rocked”. So that is where we started, with her as our lead designer.
Unfortunately, our project had to be pushed back and Corinne became too ill to complete the room or the design. She was also moving out of the country soon and we vowed to make her a dream a reality. We sent out an email to everyone we knew. We asked for volunteers to spend the first weekend in December helping us to transform the room. Ten of our friends, none knowing the other, and no designers in site, showed up and we got the room done in a weekend.
Corinne came to visit for a few hours on Sunday and was overwhelmed, acknowledging it was even better than she envisioned. The film crew was there for our Jefferson Award story and Corinne was interviewed. We asked if we could name the room after her and she was quite touched and said “yes”. The Corinne Fuller Community Room is a highlight in my life because we were able to make a difference immediately for someone that asked for our help. She was able to receive her chemotherapy in the old and the “Rocked” room and was able to experience for herself what a difference her vision made for others.
Designer: Corinne Fuller
Volunteers: 40 including Taylor Watts, Mario Ballard