A new color and some furniture can make a big difference in your life. But, when design is used to comfort chemotherapy patients during their treatment, it takes making a difference to a whole new level. – Kristin
The bigger picture …
It all began in Dr. Stephen Hufford’s office in May of 2011. We chose Dr. Stephen Hufford’s patient rooms as our first RTR4C project after witnessing their dismal state. In his defense, Dr. Hufford had just returned to work after a difficult year battling pancreatic cancer. His chances of recovery were slim. He would live just 17 more months — enough time to see the wonderfully transformed space and to host a reception to show his gratitude for our RTR4C volunteer designers. The reception was held in September 2012. Dr. Hufford passed away a month later. Dr. Kevin Knopf has since taken over the practice and is committed to maintaining the new look and feel of the treatment rooms. Six different volunteer designers renovated the seven patient rooms in Dr. Hufford’s office, creating unique environments they saw as healing and soothing. Each room has its own story and dedication to a cancer patient that inspired the designer.
Patients have their favorites and often request certain rooms, but all are appreciated and treated with care by the staff and doctors. The transformations include new lighting, paint, wall treatments, wallpaper, Venetian plaster, new furniture and cabinets, chairs, art, window coverings and an extra bit of love and hope in every corner.
Designers: Kristina Wolf and Muralist Melka Myers