ATLANTA – Nina Prol, an oncology nurse at Northside Hospital Outpatient Infusion Center, treats cancer patients daily.
Because she saw the physical and emotional toll that treatment could have on a person, she came up with the Sunshine Fund – something that would make their time at the center just a little brighter.
“It helps patients through their treatment with small gestures like giving them necklaces and bracelets,” Prol said. “We’ve already given out over 300 bracelets.”
The center, at 5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Road in Atlanta, Suite 1000, has the Hope bracelets provided by Mary Custance of Jewelry and More in Marietta.
“The oncology and infusion RNs give out the Hope bracelets to our cancer patients completing their chemotherapy or reaching milestones that we like to celebrate. I have seen patients’ eyes light up to receive the bracelets like they have won the lottery,” Prol said.
Robin Sauls, who recently completed her last round of treatment for ovarian cancer at the center, donated two rings to the Sunshine Fund that will be auctioned off at the hospital’s gift shop from Dec. 9 through Dec. 20.
She said she decided to donate the rings, valued at $500 each, after a close friend passed away from appendix cancer.
Sauls added that she missed her friend and decided it wasn’t fair to keep the stone and make a ring for herself.
“I thought it could be nice for someone else if I donated it, because it really floors me how many people are in the infusion center getting treatment for all kinds of cancers,” Sauls said. “I just wanted to help and do something good for them because they are such wonderful people.”
Those interested in making a donation to the Sunshine Fund should contact Prol at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Hope bracelets, contact Mary Custance at email@example.com.