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Giving Comfort in a Place of Hope


On a cold February morning, Cheri Allore and her husband Jim made their way from their home in Southgate, Michigan, to the Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit so Cheri could receive her cancer treatment.

In August 2013, Cheri had a routine mammography but something looked suspicious. Further testing showed she had a breast cancer.

Scared and concerned, she called on a family friend who works at the Karmanos Cancer Center, Lisa Chism, DNP, APRN, clinical director of the Women’s Wellness Clinic and member of the Breast Multidisciplinary Team. Within a few days, Cheri had an appointment to see one of the breast cancer experts at Karmanos. Cheri ended up having a lumpectomy, followed by weeks of chemotherapy treatment.

Cheri shared her touching story in a beautiful segment that aired recently on WDIV Local 4’s Live In the D. She expressed how she didn’t feel sick so having a diagnoses of cancer was somewhat surreal – how could this be happening to her? She was put at ease by the caring and compassionate staff at Karmanos and now considers them to be are part of her extended family.

Those at Karmanos feel the same way about Cheri and all the cancer patients who walk through Karmanos’ doors.

The Karmanos Cancer Center is also one of several cancer centers across the country that receives Giving Comfort kits from the McKesson Foundation as a way to bring comfort and hope to newly diagnosed cancer patients. Larmender Davis, MSW, director of Social Work and Supportive Services at Karmanos, explained how the staff at Karmanos embraces each cancer patient and expressed appreciation for the McKesson Foundation’s thoughtful comfort kits that help Cheri and others going through the cancer journey.

It’s special partnerships, like the collaboration with the McKesson Foundation and its Giving Comfort kits, that help the staff at Karmanos make a difference in the lives of its patients.

Click here as Guy Gordon and Karen Drew from WDIV Local 4’s Live In The D introduce Cheri’s heartfelt story of gratitude.


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