Floor by floor and Smile by smile, the Flamingos for Hope filled Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center with love this Valentine’s Day. They shared candy kisses and caring with patients, staff and families.
“We swoop in once a month,” said Pat Hastings, one of the volunteers who hopes to inspire cancer survivors by spreading goodwill and laughter. Pat joined the group whose name is an acronym for Friends Laughing, Achieving Miracles, Inspiring and Nurturing Gifts, Offering Smiles four months ago following her husband’s passing. Each month, Pat takes turns with other volunteers passing out goodies and a positive attitude.
“I like ‘em!” said Karen Kennedy, a colon cancer and lymphoma survivor from Wahoo who was among the patients on the receiving end of the Flamingos goodwill. “The best place to be is right here.”
“I joined the Flamingos after reading about them in the paper,” said Judy Moore, who joined the group three years ago. “I thought, ‘I can do that.’”
Today Judy, Pat and Flamingos founder Cheryl Stevens delivered beads, toys and snacks to survivors all around Estabrook to help share the love this Valentine’s Day.
Maureen Billones was receiving infusion therapy during the Flamingos’ visit. She appreciated the ladies stopping by during her treatment day.
“It sure is nice.”
|Katina Granger is a blogger and PR/Social Media Specialist for Methodist Health System.
Contact Katina at MethodistPR@nmhs.org.