Sometimes the smallest gestures make the most impact.
Dr. Lisa White, MD, a Breast Cancer Specialist at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic, who recently accepted over 100 Made with Love bracelets from the afterschool program at East Coffee Elementary School, said, that when her patients are devastated by their prognosis, these tokens are a reminder of the positive things in life.
“The bracelets help them to know that someone cares for them and the heart that says Hand Made with Love helps them to continue to remember that they are cared for as they go forward in their treatment,” White told the students.
This is the second year, students in kindergarten through fifth grades, along with two teen volunteers, Canaan Garner and Jasmine Holland, made and donated bracelets. This year the students made 107 bracelets to White to give to her patients during their cancer treatment.
According to program teacher Tammy Gipson, “The patients wear the bracelets on their arm to remind them as well as the doctors and nurses which arm they cannot get blood drawn, tests, needle sticks, etc. from during their treatment.”
The afterschool program at East Coffee is called Excellence at East. The enrichment program focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) subjects.
White presented the students with information about cancer and details of her career as a surgeon.