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Creating Healing Environments

Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo (RTR4C) pioneering work to transform uninspired spaces into healing environments brings the comfort of beauty and peace to those suffering. Many cancer patients spend hours a day in chemotherapy treatment rooms. The difference between a grey, clinical setting and a room painted with uplifting colors, gentle lighting and thoughtful details can be profound.

We invite you to join RTR4C in our mission to transform all chemotherapy rooms around the world! Check out the stories and the before and after photos of the rooms that we have “rocked” thus far.

Until we are intimately involved, we cannot be fully aware of the toll that a cancer diagnosis has on patients and their families. Lives are turned upside-down while constant worry about prognosis, finances, legacy and life can spin us into a crisis situation. At these times, even the simplest acts of kindness have incredibly lasting and reverberating effects.

Rooms We Rocked

2016 Projects

The Global Cancer Research Institute – Gilroy

The Story: Gilroy was our 20th project and we were so excited to have it be a local one! Since it was a Bay Area based project, it allowed the opportunity for many of the RTR4C Board Members to volunteer their support … more than on any other project we’ve done! A big shout out...
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The Family House – UCSF

The Story: The Family House of UCSF is moving from two facilities in the Inner Sunset of San Francisco to a fabulous new facility the Mission Bay Area of San Francisco. We were asked to design the “work out room” that families will have access to while staying at the facility as their child/sibling undergoes...
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Olive View -UCLA Medical Center

The Story: We were gifted a grant to transform a chemotherapy facility in the Los Angeles Area – our first. We were fortunate to find Dr. Phillis Wu, an oncologist with Olive View – UCLA Medical Center. Together we planned an amazing weekend of transformation.  Seven volunteers came to Los Angels from San Francisco and...
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2015 Projects

The Gathering Together Hospice Home

The Story: On December 3rd, Nancy arrived in Plainfield, Indiana and was welcomed by freezing temperatures, snow on the ground, and her sister Rita Fiorentino. It was requested they “rock a room” together and so the sisters got busy transforming a patient room at The Gathering Together, a non profit Hospice Home that provides food,...
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Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

The Story: Fulfilling our dream of rocking the infusion center at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital took three years. As obstacles appeared, we waited patiently and emailed monthly reminding them of our proposed project. When we did meet again in 2015, the oncology nurse pulled out a blue binder she had kept from our first meeting...
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2014 Projects

Saint Mary’s Medical Center

The Story: As amazing luck would have it, The San Francisco Giants chose RoomsThatRock4Chemo to be in community partnership with us. WOW! Working together, we transformed a Dignity Health Facility with the help of Matt Cain and the San Francisco Giants Organization. Matt Cain “threw out the first paintbrush” and helped paint our first ever...
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Seton Hospital

The story of “Lynn’s Room of 10,000 Roses”: During Lynn and Mike Madden’s nearly 40 years of marriage, Mike sent Lynn a dozen roses every Friday, no exceptions! On one of these Fridays, Lynn was in France with her girlfriends and they had unexpectedly changed hotels. Mike still tracked her down and made sure she received her...
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UC Barrett Hospital

The story of “Kevin’s Room of Kindness”: Kevin was a student a UC Berkeley and the co-founder of the Blue Print Volunteer Organization that helps nonprofits with web and technical support.  Kevin was working on a pro-bono website for RTR4C, excited about graduation and had a job at Google that was waiting for him. Tragically, he was killed...
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2013 Projects

San Francisco General Hospital

The story of “Nicky’s Room of Remembrance”: On November 15th, 2003, six year old Nicholas Sommerfield, with his dad, was on his way to catch the bus to go to kindergarten. This was Nicky’s most favorite part of the day. However, when they were crossing the street, they were struck by a car. Nicky did...
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El Camino Hospital

Bonnie J. Addario, of the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation asked if RTR4C would honor Dr. Dormady and make over his chemotherapy outpatient center at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View California. The story of “Ken’s Room of Kindness”: Nancy Ballard knew of this facility as her friend, Linda Cavanaugh spent many days in...
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UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

It has always been Nancy Ballard’s dream to transform a children’s hospital and when she received an introduction to Children’s Hospital Oakland, she was more than excited. It was quite large and needed everything – all the walls needed a fresh coat of paint, new privacy curtains were needed and some good cheer and sparkle to...
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2012 Projects

Mammoth Hospital

RTR4C was contacted in February of 2012 by the oncology nurse navigator for a small rural hospital in Mammoth, California. She stated that the chemotherapy patients at Mammoth are generally seen by oncologists at larger hospitals and cancer centers in surrounding “big” cities; however, they are able to receive their treatments here in Mammoth Lakes,...
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The Cancer Center at Aria Health

Tracy Sestelli , who founded the nonprofit, the Beverly Fund, contacted RTR4C to help “Rock the Rooms” at Aria Hospital Cancer Center in memory of her mother, Beverly Pierandozzi who passed from lung cancer. Tracy’s mother had received cancer treatments at this center. Our very own “Celebrity Designer”, Cora Sue Anthony and her dream team of...
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Marin General Hospital

When Marin General heard about our transforming Marin Specialty Care, they wanted the special service as well! The difficulty with a hospital is that they cannot close for the weekend whereas clinics are often able to do so. As a result, the entire outpatient oncology department was moved to an alternate location within the hospital...
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Camden Clark Medical Center

A Facebook friend of Nancy Ballard, artist, Amy Haddox Ocassio was following the progress of RTR4C and wanted RTR4C to come to West Virginia. When she contacted us, we said absolutely! And yes, it was almost heaven. She had a vision to transform the entire Camden Clark Chemotherapy Wing with a team of women in...
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Maternity Hospital of San Salvador

When Nancy was in San Salvador in March 2012, she met the entire board of the Cancer Institute, including Dr. Maurico Maza as they worked side by side. He is employed by Basic Health International, a nonprofit that works diligently in third world countries to eradicate cervical cancer. In a country such as El Salvador,...
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Sequoia Hospital

Jill’s Legacy is a nonprofit (www.JillsLegacy.org) which raises awareness and money for research and the cure for lung cancer. It is named in memory of Jill Costello, a young UC Berkeley student and a friend of our family, who died of lung cancer and never smoked. They are under the fiscal sponsor of Bonnie J....
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Medical Offices of Hufford & Knopf – “Suzanne’s Garden Room”

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...
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Medical Offices of Hufford & Knopf – “Frances’ Room”

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...
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Medical Offices of Hufford & Knopf – “Dan E. Fleming Ocean Room”

Dr. Hufford said, “We first saw that blue and thought…WOW, that’s bright! But after seeing your décor, we agree that you couldn’t have picked a better color! We love it and the patients we roomed there this morning love it. We can’t express enough appreciation and gratitude for your work. Thank you!” The bigger picture …...
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The Cancer Institute of San Salvador

On November 17, 2011, a few months after RTR4C began its first project, RTR4C received an email from San Salvador penned by a young woman named Alexandra Brugal Sol. She was on the board for The Cancer League in San Salvador, El Salvador, and also a partnering nonprofit, The Cancer Institute of Dr. Diaz Bazan....
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Marin Speciality Care – “Sophia’s Room of Triumph”

Kimball Starr, a local San Francisco designer came across an article about RTR4C and offered to be a contributing part of our transformations. Understanding and acknowledging the importance our surroundings have on the healing time of patients, she couldn’t wait to get started. This is a second, smaller private treatment at Marin Specialty Care that underwent...
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Marin Speciality Care – “Corinne’s Room of Courage”

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....
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2011 Projects

Medical Offices of Hufford & Knopf – “Valerie’s Venetian Room”

I can’t say enough how beautiful and elegant this room turned out! We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Our patients love it! Thank you so much ladies. We are blessed with your talents and kind hearts. – Dr. Hufford The bigger picture … It all began in Dr. Stephen Hufford’s office in May of 2011. We chose...
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Medical Offices of Hufford & Knopf – “Diane’s Dragonfly Room”

 “We can’t express enough how much we appreciate the time, effort and LOVE designers have shown our patients. Thank you!” 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...
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Medical Offices of Hufford & Knopf – “Ronnie’s Room”

 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...
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Medical Offices of Hufford & Knopf – “Delores Hood Room”

This was the very first project that began RTR4C – the 1st of 7 rooms transformed in the offices of Dr. Knopf and Dr. Hufford. Each room has their own designer, theme and special glow! Patients enter that room and almost pass out because it is so beautiful. Those who previously avoided it now want...
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