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Karmanos’ “Friends Like Me” program receives generous support from college student nurse association

Members of Henry Ford Community College’s Student Nurse Association contributed a check to Karmanos’ “Friends Like Me” program. On hand for the check presentation were, from left, Kristen Hagan, activities coordinator, Rebecca Shubert, secretary and Jami Swauger, vice president, all of the Student Nurse Association; as well as Stacey Lincoln, coordinator of the Social Work & Supportive Services Department and Kathleen Hardy, oncology social worker, both of Karmanos; and Dina Abusalah, activities coordinator with the student nurse association. 

The Henry Ford Community College Student Nurse Association recently bestowed the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute with $760 to benefit the Institute’s “Friends Like Me” program.

“Friends Like Me” is a bi-monthly, after-school art therapy program for school-age children who have a sibling, parent or grandparent with cancer. It is held at Karmanos’ Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center in Farmington Hills and is overseen by Kathleen Hardy, LMSW, oncology social worker at Karmanos and art therapist Marie Murray. With the generous donation from the student nurse association, Hardy will be able to hold the program every week now that the school year has begun.

“We are extraordinarily pleased with the donation from the Henry Ford Community College Student Association,” Hardy said. “It’s so important that we provide services like this for children, who face their own set of challenges when someone they love is coping with cancer. During a family’s journey with cancer, it can sometimes turn a child’s world upside down. This program gives children the opportunity to express their feelings.”

As part of the donation, Student Nurse Association members recently visited Karmanos’ main campus in midtown Detroit. While there, the student nurses met with Hardy, who talked about the “Friends Like Me” program in detail; took a tour of the Alexander J. Walt Comprehensive Breast Center and a research laboratory; and checked out the SoftVue device, a new breast cancer screening technology that was developed by Karmanos researchers.

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