Friday, October 7, 2016

Touchdowns on Yawkey 8

PATRIOT PAMPERING: New England Patriots players, from left, Richards, King and Coleman with Tarantino

On Oct. 4, Brandon King, Justin Coleman and Jordan Richards of the New England Patriots paid a surprise visit to the Yawkey 8 Infusion Unit in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The players greeted dozens of patients and surprised five women – including two MGH nurses – with tickets to the Patriots Day of Pampering. The breast cancer patients will be treated to a special day of spa treatments at Gillette Stadium later this month.

For MGH Cancer Center nurse Margaret “Peggy” Tarantino, RN, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2016, the Patriots Day of Pampering will be an opportunity to enjoy some quality time outside of the hospital with fellow patients. “I’ll be able to relax. It’ll give me a sense of normalcy. I used to be able to get my hair done but I don’t have any hair now. So they can do my nails and a back rub would be wonderful.” According to Tarantino, the Patriots visit serves as a reminder of all “the true goodness that’s in the world.”

Erika Rosato, RN, nursing director of the Infusion Unit, witnessed the joy on the faces of the patients who were greeted by the team members. “When the Patriots come to visit, it is one of the most uplifting days on the unit for patients, families and staff. In that moment our patients and their families forget they have cancer. They forget why they’re here and they are immersed in this world outside of themselves.” 

Read more articles from the 10/07/16 Hotline issue.

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