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Franciscan Health Crown Point: A Warming Gesture for Cancer Patients


As part of a public service campaign in partnership with the Chicago-based Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, International Subaru of Merrillville representatives Chris Smith, sales manager (left, white shirt) and Nick Ferguson (right, white shirt), recently donated 80 blankets, “to spread hope, love and warmth,” for cancer patients at Franciscan Health Crown Point.

Subaru dealers, through the Subaru Loves To Care project, are donating 40,000 blankets nationwide. Said Smith, “Subaru has an affection for giving back to the community, to help make a difference for individuals who are experiencing suffering in their lives.” Also shown, from left, are Jacqueline Klear, a leukemia society representative; Daniel McCormick, MD, hospital president and chief executive officer; Karen Matijevich and Joan Filipowski, cancer patient nurse navigators; Amanda Pritchard, director of imaging services; and Karin Kolisz, vice president of clinical services.

Rick Peltier (not shown) local executive director of the Franciscan Health Foundation, expressed gratitude for the donation. “It is amazing what Subaru is doing to give back to the community in such a heartwarming way. To help comfort patients, who are going through a lot of anxiety in their lives, says a lot about the organization.” Pritchard added, “On behalf of Franciscan Health Crown Point, I am very appreciative of the Subaru Loves to Care project. Their donation of blankets shows our patients and community that they are not alone in their fight with cancer. Patients having support in this battle makes all the difference in the world.”


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