Friday, 25 December 2009 00:00
Five talented young Great Neck women sang for some 140 attendees who gathered to knit hats for oncology patients at the sixth annual “Knit for Nancy,” a fundraiser held on Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Fairview Country Club in Greenwich, Connecticut. Jessica Drucker and Lauren Schulman, eighth-graders at Great Neck South Middle, Hannah Siegel, a ninth-grader at South High, and Samantha Drucker and Lindsay Charles, eleventh-graders also both at South, entertained and inspired with incredibly moving performances for supporters of the Nancy Klauber Forest Foundation, which benefits cancer patients at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
In addition to providing hand-knit hats to patients undergoing chemotherapy, the NKF Foundation funds “Nancy’s Friends,” an award-winning volunteer program providing companionship, comfort, and advocates for oncology patients during their hospital stay. The foundation was formed in 2003 to honor Nancy Klauber Forest, a young wife and mother who died from non-Hodgkins lymphoma several months shy of her 40th birthday and who, despite her own serious illness, was concerned for the many patients who did not have the same strong support network of family and friends.
“Being hospitalized causes stress on patients and their families,” says Jennifer Prokop, coordinator of “Nancy’s Friends” Oncology Volunteer Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. “’Nancy’s Friends’ volunteers care for the patient as a person, assessing the patient’s needs and providing companionship. Family members are very grateful to have someone checking in on their loved one.”