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Providing comfort while fighting Cancer

Given the right conditions, adversity can create inspiration and generosity. When mixed with compassion and support, the opportunity can touch the lives of many.

Such is the history of The Journey Room.

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A space for cancer patients, their families and caregivers to reflect, find comfort, gather information, discover resources and talk to others on the same journey is how Al Sullivan describes the Journey Room at South Shore Regional Hospital.

The Health Services Foundation of the South Shore has contributed $155,000 to the Journey Room, all raised during the 2014 Radiothon.

Motivated by a similar space in Halifax, where Al’s wife was receiving treatment for cancer, Al determined a comparable place would benefit the South Shore. In 2006, while receiving treatment for cancer, Al met Dr. Anthony Atkinson, whose son David had died of the disease. Out of that conversation the David Atkinson Memorial Bonspiel was created, which contributes to the David Atkinson Memorial Fund, another significant donor to The Journey Room.

The 270-square-foot room on the third floor may be modest in size, but is big on service and potential. Janet Baker, Health Services Manager of the Perioperative Program, Oncology and Ambulatory Care Services at South Shore Regional, speaks enthusiastically about what visitors will be able to find and do at the room.

Holistic therapies, such as Reiki, massage therapy, therapeutic touch and yoga, are available along with a place to try on wigs and hats and a computer to conduct research. Patients, family members and friends will also find friendly volunteers with whom conversations can be shared, hopes expressed and from whom comfort received.

Many of the room’s facets could be discovered scattered throughout the hospital, but thanks to Al’s vision, Janet’s efforts, the hospital’s dedication, and the generosity of many, including the Atkinson family, these services are now focused in The Journey Room. It is an excellent community project, which is now a tremendous community asset and the Health Foundation of the South Shore is proud and privileged to have been given the chance to play a role.

 

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