Friday, July 23, 2010

MGHfC honors amazing mothers

A MOTHER'S LOVE: "Amazing Moms" at the Liberty Hotel

CANCER DOESN'T just affect the people diagnosed with it -- it affects entire families. To recognize the challenges mothers face throughout their child's cancer treatment, the Center for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) hosted an appreciation event, "Celebrating Amazing Moms," June 27 at the Liberty Hotel. 

Approximately 25 mothers participated in the event, which included brunch; remarks from Kim Fuller, a cancer survivor who was treated at the MGHfC as an adolescent and now works at the hospital as a radiation therapist; and a salsa class with Jennifer Earls, a dance instructor and graduate student who also was treated at the MGHfC several years ago. Both women's mothers were in attendance.

"This celebration allowed moms in similar situations to connect with one another for support," says Elyse Levin-Russman, LICSW, a clinical social worker who coordinated "Celebrating Amazing Moms" under the guidance of the Center for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology's Family Advisory Committee. "It also gave them some time away from the challenges of caring for a sick child. It was a very special program."

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