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Honoring OMC Cancer Patient with Healing Garden Bench

News Release: Honoring OMC Cancer Patient with Healing Garden Bench

In 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the United States. That is equal to approximately 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12.4 percent) who will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Thus, many of us will find ourselves with a friend or a loved one with this challenging diagnosis. Finding ourselves wondering, “What can I do?” This was the situation Cindy Temple found herself in, after learning of her good friend April Mayfield’s diagnosis.

Cindy and April were friends who became acquainted through their good works as fellow members of the United Federated Republican Women. Through the group’s participation in the program “Caring for America”, the ladies engaged in several local philanthropic projects which included donating care packages to local veterans and children.

Cindy knew she wanted to take some kind of action to support her friend as well as the suffering of others, through the rigors of cancer treatment. Having returned to her artistic roots after the recent passing of her mother, she utilized her art to support her friend. She reproduced her original oil paintings into notecards and sold them. All the proceeds going to the OMC Cancer Center to purchase a bench in the newly constructed healing garden at OMC’s Cancer Treatment Center, to honor her friend.

It took her a year, with several businesses and friends to help sell the notecards, but she raised all the funds. The United Federated Republican Women also pledged to fund any additional funds that may be needed to buy the bench. With the funds raised by the notecards and donation from the Women’s group, they were able to donate the first bench with a commemorative plaque to be placed in the healing garden. By the time the bench was installed, April finished her chemotherapy.

“April is one of many women in our community affected by cancer,” said Carol Silvey, Vice President for Advancement, OMC Foundation, “Because of the efforts of caring community members like Cindy and the United Federated Republican Women, we are able to honor and care for women like April, right here in West Plains.”

The OMC Cancer Treatment Center first opened its doors in 1998 and currently sees more than 400 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year, plus hundreds more who receive ongoing cancer treatment. Newly remodeled in 2017, with a 3,000 square foot chemotherapy suite that includes 20 infusion chairs, state-of-the-art equipment, and a healing garden. The healing garden is intended to provide an environment of hope for cancer patients and their families.

Ozarks Medical Center is a system of care encompassing eight primary care and 16 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavior healthcare and home care services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire medical system has more than 364,000 patient visits annually, in South Central Missouri and Northern Arkansas. For more information about OMC, visit www.ozarksmedicalcenter.com.

For more information about how to support the OMC Cancer Treatment Center, please contact the OMC Foundation at 417-853-5200.

“Arkansas Bluebird” Oil: Cindy Temple, from Notecard benefiting OMC Cancer Treatment Center

Pictured back row, from left to right: Janet Crow, Nina Stafford, Carol Silvey, Phyllis Risner, Donna Anthony. Front row, from left to right: Cindy Temple, Anna Temple, April Mayfield, Vanetta Carroll

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