Cancer Survivor Donates Scarves to SCH Breast Cancer Patients

A local breast cancer survivor is sharing a message of hope by donating scarves to support SCH patients as they go through chemo treatments. Chicago teacher Mary Luisa recently visited SCH’s Integrated Cancer Center to deliver the colorful scarves and share her story of encouragement to women undergoing treatment. “I want to let these patients know that although the treatment can be very difficult, they can make it through and there are better days ahead,” said Mary Luisa who also showed recipients how to tie the scarves. “I want patients to know that they are loved and supported and that I look forward to hearing their stories—which we can pass along to others as a means of support.”

“We greatly appreciate the donation of these beautiful scarves and the inspiring encouragement that Maria Luisa offers to patients,” said SCH Diagnostic Radiologist Dr. Dorothy Lam. “Maria Luisa knows first-hand the challenges being faced and also the importance of having a positive attitude and the right support from family, friends and other survivors,” added Linda Rowan, Breast Health Navigator at SCH Women’s Health Center. “As Maria Luisa talked to two  woman  who recently started chemotherapy, they had tears in their eyes and smiles on their faces as they quickly bonded  with someone who has gone through this process before them. It was inspiring to see them interact”.

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