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Local school tradition spreads joy to cancer patients
For two weeks straight, Laura Shaffer opened up her kindergarten classroom during afternoon recess, as students flooded in to work on a beloved community project.
They set up an assembly line, and for the next half hour, students stood and filled plastic goody bags with hot cocoa packets and candy before securing them with pink tags and twisty ties.
“The students do everything,” Shaffer said.
Students at Livonia’s Randolph Elementary School helped bag an astounding 1,696 Valentine’s care packages this February, and delivered them to local cancer patients, including those at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor’s infusion center.
ANN ARBOR – Patients at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor’s cancer infusion clinic received a very special visit just in time for Christmas.
Santa Claus made his rounds Tuesday morning, greeting staff, patients and family members, handing out candy canes and even sitting with patients and holding their hands while he shared a few words of encouragement.
“This time last year, I was sitting right where you are,” he told patients sitting in infusion bays.
Santa – a.k.a. William Coleman – was diagnosed with colon cancer last year and completed chemotherapy in December 2016. Having enjoyed work as Santa in Christmases past, Coleman wanted to spread some holiday cheer for others facing their own battles with cancer this season.
On a Tuesday afternoon Darlene Sierak and Jennifer Pickel sort through a black cardboard donation bin full of plastic bags of gently used clothing. Men’s sweatshirts, women’s blouses, jeans and khakis – each article is neatly folded and placed on a shelf labeled by gender and size.
The room in which they work is a small space – a former copy room too snug for an office – tucked away in the Patient Support Services suite at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, but impressively organized. A row of winter coats hangs on the rack against the back wall. Built-in shelves house men’s and women’s shoes, and drawers contain personal hygiene kits complete with toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, tissue, body lotion and razors.
Are you looking for a fun outdoor activity to shake off the winter blues? Join us for St. Joe’s Luminary Walk held at The Farm on the campus of St. Joe’s Ann Arbor. This magical evening features two miles of candle-lit trails, family friendly activities, wellness goal-setting and live music. Invite your friends and family, and celebrate winter with us!
2018 Winter Luminary Walk Saturday, Jan. 27 | 4 – 7 p.m. The Farm at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor 5557 McAuley Drive Ypsilanti, MI 48197 TheFarm@stjoeshealth.org