Making her own ice packs helps breast cancer patients

Betsy Medrano has spent her entire nursing career at Memorial, caring for women. Really caring. “I was unhappy with the ice packs,” she said. “They weren’t cold enough. Then I read that Advanced Dawn dishwashing soap, the concentrated gel, freezes and stays cold.” So, in search of a better way to comfort her `Ohana breast-biopsy patients, Betsy bought some Dawn and made her own. She sewed soft and colorful flannel sleeves for each pack. When a patient, a fellow Memorial employee, found out it was Betsy who made them, she wanted to help. “When she returned with an apple box full of flannel covers—900 of them—the thoughtfulness of her caring for women who have to go through this brought tears to my eyes. Her quilting group has brought more than 1,500 of them so far.”

“Now two years later when I noticed a group of ladies in our lobby waiting to present a donation check, I wanted to thank them and ask if they were the ones who had made the ice pack covers and they said, ‘No, what ice pack covers?’ So I told them the story and they also wanted to help. The whole staff and volunteers are now involved in this simple act of compassion that gives so much comfort to so many.” We are grateful for the generosity of our community, shown in hundreds of ways like this, all year long.

Note:  a screening (routine) mammogram is only 15 to 30 minutes out of your day.  And every Friday, from 2:30 – 5:30 pm at ‘Ohana, you don’t even need an appointment; walk-ins are most welcome.

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