June 7, 2016

Cancer Institute Auxiliary Awards Grants, Announces New Officers

June 7, 2016 | Seventeen patient support programs have been awarded grants by the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Auxiliary.

The grants total $144,119 and represent proceeds from the auxiliary’s two fundraising programs — Partners Card and the auxiliary-run Cancer Institute Gift Shop.

In addition, new officers for 2016-2017 were elected at the auxiliary’s spring luncheon and annual meeting May 19. Officers are Kimberly Pickett, president; Tara Smith, president elect; Kenan Keyes, recording secretary; Cheryl Johnson, corresponding secretary; and Jake Eddington, treasurer.

Cancer Institute Auxiliary members provide day-to-day patient support services by greeting and escorting guests, serving snacks, assisting with cancer screening events, and working in the gift shop and Patient Support Pavilion. Other members participate in a variety of auxiliary-sponsored events throughout the year.

Projects receiving grants are:

  • Cancer Institute Supplemental Pantry
  • Oncology Massage for Cancer Institute Patients and Caregivers
  • Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screening
  • Free Wigs and Caps for Cancer Institute Patients Experiencing Hair Loss
  • Subscriptions for Print Materials in Patient Support Pavilion
  • Program Support for Northwest Arkansas Cancer Support Home
  • Tobacco Cessation Program
  • Information and Education Binders for Patients
  • Knitting Supplies for Sit and Knit
  • Gift Cards for Service Recovery
  • Integrative Therapies and for Cancer Patients and Caregivers/Yoga for Healing and Rejuvenation
  • Cancer Institute Patient Support Fund
  • Palliative Care Education and Bereavement Support Fund
  • Patient Assistance Program – Reynolds Cancer Support House in Fort Smith
  • HOPE Cancer Resources in Northwest Arkansas for Emergency Assistance Program
  • Patient Safety and Cancer Treatment Support through CPR Readiness
  • Envoy Ambassador Program