One of Anna’s responsibilities as a Patient Support in the Southampton Women’s Health Center is working closely with the Healing Consciousness Foundation (HCF), a non-profit organization founded by breast cancer surgeon Dr. Beth DuPree in 2007. The HCF seeks to improve the quality of life for thousands of people affected by breast cancer in the Greater Philadelphia area through education, lifestyle modification and holistic healing. They provide education on survivorship programs to healthcare providers, offer “Wellness Warrior” programs, retreats, support groups and fashion shows, and they offer healing certificates to invite persons affected by breast cancer to receive holistic services.
On Thursday, I had the privilege of attending an information session on the HCF. I learned about the education and resources that the HCF provides to patients, families and healthcare providers. Most importantly, I was able to hear first-hand accounts from breast cancer survivors about how the HCF empowered them and changed their lives. The courage and strength of the women who shared their stories was awe-inspiring.
I often hear stories of the amazing work performed by the RMC’s in their ministries, but rarely get to meet the patients, clients and residents who are directly affected by their hard work and dedication. To hear the powerful stories of people who have been touched by Anna’s work with the HCF can only be described as a blessing. The RMC’s have truly lived out the mission of the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer, and I couldn’t be more proud.
For more information on the Healing Consciousness Foundation, visit www.hcfbucks.org.
As we flipped our calendars over to July, the realization has hit that this is the last month of service as RMC’s for Mary Clare, Sara and Anna. They will continue in their ministries until July 24th, and wrap up the year with a Debriefing Retreat and Closing Mass the week of July 27th. It has been a true gift to see them grow personally and professionally, and to know how many lives that they have touched through their service. Though there are countless ways in which they have impacted others through their service, some special achievements stand out:
Anna worked with the Healing Consciousness Foundation* to plan and implement several special weekend retreats for individuals affected by breast cancer.
Mary Clare and Kelly held nutrition lessons for the children at Drueding Center* – complete with taste tests of nutritious snacks – to teach our younger generation about healthy eating
Sara conducted computer classes, cooking classes and weekly Rosary sessions to enrich the lives of the residents of Redeemer Village*
Each RMC , through her work as a Patient Care Assistant, C.N.A. and Nurse in Holy Redeemer Hospital, has provided compassionate care and a healing presence to vulnerable populations.
We have been immeasurably blessed to have Anna, Kelly, Mary Clare and Sara with us this year. Though their year as RMC’s winds down, their passion for service and love for others remains as strong as ever. May God bless them in their final weeks as RMC’s and beyond!
*The Healing Consciousness Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to improve the quality of life for those at high risk for or diagnosed with breast cancer through holistic healing modalities, education, and life style changes.
*Drueding Center is a transitional housing program for women and children experiencing homelessness, seeking to create two generations of self-reliant adults.
*Redeemer Village is a low-income, HUD-subsidized independent living community for people aged 62+.