Published on December 19, 2017

Heartfelt Donation to help Cancer Patients in Brainerd Lakes Area

Staff members of Northern Orthopedics, Ltd., wanted to do something special to honor their friend and co-worker who recently lost her battle with breast cancer.  A few years ago the doctors at Northern Orthopedics decided that they would like the staff collectively to choose a cause to donate to instead of giving them individual Christmas gifts, so this year they used the money they would have spent on the doctor's gifts to make and assemble Comfort Bags for patients going though chemotherapy and infusion therapy to help them relax.

Several staff members presented the Comfort Bags to the Cancer Center staff at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center.

"Staff at Essentia Health Cancer Center are humbled to receive patient gift bags from the Northern Orthopedic staff," said Marian Foehrenbacher, Cancer Center Manager.  "When patients receive information about cancer treatment, they are stunned and wonder how they will survive the journey?  We try hard to reassure patients we will be there for them each step of the way, so it is nice when we can share a gift bag for their comfort, it cheers them up.  When co-workers become friends, they become family.  It is wonderful to honor those we love!"

Each item in the patient gift bag was well thought out; a soft fleece blanket and memory foam neck pillow, two corn bags designed to warm them up on a cold winters day, puzzle books, lotion and more gifts to help make the experience a little more comfortable.

"The gift bag donations are truly a gift of love to each person who receives one," said Joe Wendt, Operations Manager at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center.  "It is clear by the items so thoughtfully included in each bag that the needs of people receiving chemotherapy and infusion therapy are understood.  From the entire team at Essentia Health to the entire team at Northern Orthopedics, thank you very much!  Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year."

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