Cancer treatments provide hope and healing for many people who are facing
the disease, but side effects and the physical and emotional experience
can take a heavy toll. In recent months, several members of the community
have stepped up to provide a variety of donations to help patients receiving
treatment at Iredell Health System. We would like to recognize those people
who have given so selflessly of their time and resources to lift the spirits
of those fighting cancer.
Sarah-Kate Rankin, a student a South Iredell High School graduate, took it upon herself
to collect donations for cancer patients in honor of her late grandmother.
She rallied her school classmates and her fellow church youth group members
at Trinity Episcopal Church to donate items including boxes of tissues,
lip moisturizer, hand sanitizer, lotion, word puzzles and coloring books,
colored pencils, pens, peppermints, journal notebooks and socks. She then
arranged the items in decorative bags to give to patients. Rankin will
attend Appalachian State University in the fall.
Lisa Cash, a consultant for Thirty-One Gifts, donated about a dozen gift bags, each
containing a blanket, water, lotion, hand sanitizer, lip moisturizer,
bags of candy, tissues, a word puzzle book, and pens.
The Cove Church Life Groups assembled care bags for cancer patients, with items including but not
limited to: blankets, water, lotion, hand sanitizer, lip moisturizer,
candy, snacks, tissues, word puzzle books, coloring books, colored pencils, and pens.
“Thank you to everyone who has seen the need in the cancer community
and stepped up to help,” said Debra Hottenrott, Oncology Patient
Navigator at Iredell Health System. “Your help, compassion, care
and concern does not go unnoticed or unrecognized. Please know that we
thank you and we appreciate you.”
Photo: Sarah-Kate Rankin (L) and Debra Hottenrott (R) hold a few of the
donation bags Sarah-Kate assembled for cancer patients.