Community Service Project – December 2019

Three stuffed fleece hearts

Cause: Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center (SNCC)

Background Information: The patients at Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center were so touched by the star ornaments that TeamMates made last year, that they requested another project! Dr. Stavas, physician at the SNCC, originally developed a ‘Heart to Hold’ project to help those battling cancer. Soft fabric hearts are given to a patient at the start of their treatment. The idea behind the project is that when the treatment has concluded, a patient can bring the heart back and transfer it to another patient. Being able to grip and squeeze the soft hearts releases some nervous energy and helps patients to remember that someone cares for them. Dr. Stavas says that the transferable object gives the idea: “I’m with you no matter what happens,” and that holds amazing power for a patient.

Help to pass along well wishes and warm thoughts to patients at the Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center!