Friday, June 17, 2011

Tour for ASG at Ben Taub

The Houston Chapter of ASG has been making blankets that are given along with little bears to patients in the Oncology Unit who are told they are terminally ill to take home with them. It is called the Compassionate Care project. The Volunteer Coordinators took Juanita, Martha, and I to see the Unit. It is a new unit with new modern rooms. We were shown a new semi-private room that had a soundproof wall separating the patients beds and lots of room for families to visit. It was not the Ben Taub you imagined! They requested blankets about 60"x40" preferably of very light-weight fleece. They don't need a lot, perhaps 60 a year. They took our picture and said that ASG Houston is now a Volunteer Partner and they are very appreciative.

We were also taken to the Cancer resource center where through the auspices of the American Cancer Society and other charitable groups, patients are given information, wigs, protheses, hats and whatever they need absolutely free. ASG has donated Ouch Pouchs to the Cancer Resource Center. We also saw hats that are donated. This time of year they like very thin, soft stylish hats. The volunteers say they try to put a smile on the face of all the patients they see and help them to find a positive attitude. Every year they have a Cancer Survivor party.

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