Kate’s Wish Brings Comfort to Chemo Patients
“This really is nice!” said Wayne Memorial Chemotherapy patient Lesley Scott, Milford, of the socks inside a Kate’s Wish for Wellness Chemotherapy Comfort Bag. One-hundred-eleven bags were delivered to Wayne Memorial by Kate’s Wish for Wellness members and supporters on July 8th. Created in memory of Kate Frisch Carmody, the bags were put together with the help of local 4H members. Each bag imprinted with “Kate’s Wish” contained socks, moisturizing cream, a chapstick, water, a book on Love and Strength, hard candy, relaxing teas and more.
“We were surprised and thrilled and very grateful to Kate’s Wish that they thought of us and our patients,” said Marianne O’Brien, RN/WMH Chemotherapy Clinic.
The bags were the brainchild of Heather Gilbertsen, who rallied Kate’s Wish supporters to purchase the grey-pink-and-white pouches. “I just wanted to do something to carry on Kate’s legacy of kindness and compassion. She was interested in funding research but she also wanted to help patients like herself day-to-day.”
Kate is Kate Carmody, a Honesdale wife, mother and hair salon owner who battled cancer twice. She beat breast cancer but succumbed to lung cancer at the age of 43 in December of 2014. A non-smoker, Kate had a rare form of lung cancer that was chemotherapy resistant. Her family and friends started Kate’s Wish for Wellness to raise money for research, to help others with cancer (especially non-smoking lung cancer patients) and to present an annual cosmetology scholarship to a Honesdale High School student.
The group also sponsors an annual walk at The Barn at Boyd’s Mills and hopes to make the comfort bags a yearly donation. “We were very thankful to have help from the local 4H Club,” said Susan Frisch, Kate’s sister. “And we welcome anyone who wants to donate or offer time to finish more bags.” For more information, visit www.katefrischcarmodymemorialfund.com.
Group photo l. to r.: Marianne O’Brien, RN/WMH; Susan Frisch/Kate’s sister; Jen Mander/Kate’s Wish; Heather Gilbertsen/ Kate’s Wish; Bob Carmody/Kate’s husband; Jessica Scull/4H; Marissa Diehl/4H; Suzie Calkin-Frisch (sitting down)/Kate’s Wish; Brett Diehl/4H; Bob Smith/4H; Jody Verola/Kate’s Wish; Julie Moran, RN; Lisa Seeuwen, RN; Cindy Motichka/4H. Not pictured: WMH’s Mary Ellen Hendrickson, RN; Brenda Zeglen, RN.
Photo: Chemotherapy patient Lesley Scott, Milford, was thrilled to receive socks and more in a Kate’s Wish for Wellness Comfort bag, presented by Wayne Memorial Chemotherapy nurse Mary Ellen Hendrickson, RN.