Stephanie's Heroes: UVa Hospital Auxiliary

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

January 31, 2011

The University of Virginia Hospital Auxiliary is making a difference for cancer patients in Charlottesville one wig, scarf and undergarment at a time. They're making sure everyone has what they need regardless of how much is in their wallet.

When the new Emily Couric Cancer Center opens at the UVa Medical Center, patients will be able to get more than just treatment. Thanks to the hospital auxiliary they'll also have access to the new “Positive Image Boutique."

”Cancer patients face a lot of issues with self image and some of the side effects they're experiencing - some are temporary others are permanent,” said Susan Morris, UVa Hospital Auxiliary.

Morris and Pat Periolat, along with other auxiliary members, are working to make sure patients have everything they need - like wigs, scarves and breast forms - no matter their financial situation.

“We'll be able to give everybody what they need regardless of their ability to pay. We are committed to pay for those who are under insured or uninsured. We'll still be able to get their products,” said Pat Periolat, UVa Hospital Auxiliary.

They’re providing items that they say can make a big difference in a patient's recovery.

“I think it's a wonderful opportunity for the auxiliary to do something for not only the health system but the community and to give patients the things they need,” said Morris.

It’s an act of kindness that's simply second nature to the pair and one that makes them heroes.

“It’s such a reward. Volunteers do it for the reward that they see in somebody else and they know that what they're doing is so worthwhile,” said Morris.

“There are no words to express how rewarding this has been. We've been working on this for four years and just talking to cancer patients and listening to their needs and knowing that they're going to be able to find these things. That’s reward enough,” said Periolat.

Morris and Periolat have seen just how challenging cancer can be for patients. Now they're hoping their work along with the new "Positive Image Boutique" will help someone's fight and recovery become a little easier.

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