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Friday, August 23, 2013

Healing Garden Dedicated at Patterson Cancer Care Center

Healing Garden Dedicated at Patterson Cancer Care Center

On August 19, Cole Memorial and the Cole Foundation dedicated their new healing garden at the Patterson Cancer Care Center in honor of, long time American Cancer Society volunteer, June Buckler. The healing garden was made possible through donations from David and Annette Buckler and Buckler Transport.

“When I had a breast cancer patient in the hospital, my first call was always to June Buckler for the Reach to Recovery program,” said Patrice Levavasseur, executive director of the Cole Foundation. “June would work with the patient at Cole or in their homes because she understood the patient’s needs being a breast cancer survivor herself.”

In addition to coordinating Cole Memorial’s monthly Cancer Support Group, June leads a monthly Grief Support Group and works as a volunteer at the Hospital. She serves on the Volunteer Leadership Council of the American Cancer Society and is part of the newly formed “Volunteers that Care” program to help cancer patients in the community.

Also honored during the program was Maggie Kinney, the Coudersport girls’ volleyball team plus, Cole Memorial's “Think Pink” employee team. Through their combined efforts a waterfall was able to be placed by the chemotherapy area windows of the Patterson Cancer Care Center for patients to enjoy during their treatments.

The vision for the water feature came from Maggie Kinney during a school senior project to raise funds for this project in honor of her mother, Brenda Kinney, a breast cancer survivor.

The Coudersport Girls Volleyball team held a “Dig Pink” event to raise funds for the project in memory of Melissa Merrick. Melissa’s husband, John Merrick was the girls’ former teacher and athletic director at the school. Finally, the Cole Memorial staffs’ “Think Pink” team raised funds by holding a basket raffle and bake sale, in honor of all cancer patients.

“The goal of the healing garden is to offer cancer patients, family members and visitors a chance to be surrounded by nature and reduce stress,” said Mrs. Levavasseur. “Thank you to all of our honorees for their generous donations and caring for our patients during one of their hardest times.”

A blessing of the garden was presented by Pastor Pete Tremblay of the Coudersport Free Memorial Church and closing remarks were made by Kari Karpinski, director of Community Outreach & Fund Development.

For more information or to make a donation to the Cole Foundation, please call 814-274-5520 or visit

1 comment :

Cindy Johns said...

What a thoughtful tribute to a terrific 'cancer crusader'! June is such a caring, loving, supporter of cancer victims and families. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do, dear friend.