Volunteers Donate Dignity Robes to MVH Cancer Center


(July 29, 2016 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Volunteers Donate Dignity Robes to MVH Cancer Center photo
Our Lady of the Valley representatives presented 11 handmade dignity robes for breast cancer patients at Monongahela Valley Hospital. From left are Carol Manown, clinical coordinator, Medical Oncology; Lisa Eicher, oncology nurse navigator, Medical Oncology; Rita Demeter, organizer; the Rev. Bud Falkenhan, parish priest, Our Lady of the Valley; Vera Klein, organizer; and Bonny Holmes, supervisor, Medical Oncology.
A group of parishioners from Our Lady of the Valley Church in Donora have made another donation of handmade dignity robes for breast cancer patients at Monongahela Valley Hospitals' Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. The recent donation of 11 robes was given to Medical Oncology for the first time. Prior donations were made to Radiation Oncology.

"The compassion and hard work put into these gowns is evident in every stitch. Our patients will feel that love when they wear them," said Lisa Eicher, MSN, RN, OCN, MVH oncology nurse navigator.

The women have made over 250 robes for MVH patients that received treatment for breast cancer through radiation. The robes are now available for breast cancer patients that will receive chemotherapy through a port. Each robe costs approximately $13 to $15 to make, which has been made possible through donations and fundraising.

"Debbie Buck, of Audrey's Custom Draperies in Charleroi, has been a big help to us and we want to make sure she gets recognized for it," said Vera Klein, group organizer. "She gives us her cost for Velcro, and it's very expensive. She even donated our first [Velcro] order."

For more information regarding donations or volunteering, contact Rita Demeter at 724-565-1244 or Vera Klein at 724-379-5759.

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