(July 2022) - Vicki Jo Sharp is a breast cancer survivor that was diagnosed 10 years ago at Clearview Cancer Institute in Decatur. She went through treatment with Dr. Heather Shah and has been cancer free for 9 years now! On July 16th Vicki celebrated her breast cancer diagnosis by bringing bags of snacks, crossword puzzles, water, and other items for patients going through treatment.
“It was the worst day, so doing these bags makes me turn this day in to a good day, instead of a bad day,” said. Vicki.
Unlike previous years when she’s done this, this year Vicki brought in 100 bags full of surprises for our patients. She was thankful to have donations from friends and family along with a group called Merry Widows of Joe Cain, that Vicki is a part of.
“I have the idea, but they make it happen, and seeing all of the bags done in my house overwhelms me. Every time I look, I have to fightback tears because I am so thankful for all of them.”
Vicki along with her husband, son, sister, and friend from Merry Widows of Joe Cain came to CCI in Decatur to distribute bags to the patients. She spoke to many patients and told them her story of battling breast cancer. She reiterated to patients that, “You got to do it. You do it, and you get through it, and you just power through. Then you live life to the fullest after.”
During Vicki’s treatment, she was being taken of care by Dr. Shah in Decatur. Vicki said that Dr. Shah spoke directly to her son, who was in 1st grade at the time, to comfort him. She continued to say that if her and her family ever had any questions or concerns, that Dr. Shah would always take care of it. “The nurses here are amazing and they always took care of me.”
(June 1, 2022)-Volunteers are valued members of the Clearview Cancer Institute team! In the past year, CCI volunteers have willingly stepped up to make sure all staff and patients are well taken care of, serving more than 3,200 hours.
Thank you to all our volunteers who give back to our patients.
Congratulations to these volunteers who are being recognized for their many years of service.
If you are interested in volunteering, fill out an application online.
(August 2021) - Terry Easterly is in his eighth year of treatment for esophageal cancer at Clearview Cancer Institute but it's not just during his treatment when you'll find Terry in the infusion area. Terry also serves as a volunteer at CCI's Decatur clinic.
(May 31, 2022)-Clearview Cancer Institute is celebrating our survivors throughout the months of June and July. This event will be a drive-through celebration for patients in Huntsville, Decatur, Jasper and the Shoals. Survivors will be celebrated our our Cullman and Anniston locations in July.
"Survivors Day is coming up, but we want our patients to know, every day is Survivors Day," said Dr. Marshall Schreeder. "We love their lives and we love them living their lives. No matter where you're at in the journey, CCI is here for you every step of the way."
Free shirts will only be available during the drive-through events. Shirts will then be on sale at the front desk.
(July 2021)- If you've seen Susan Beck volunteering at our main campus in Huntsville, it's likely her granddaughter Brenna wasn't too far behind.
The two have walked through the front doors of Clearview Cancer Institute countless times for more than a decade as either a patient or a caregiver.
When we spoke to the pair earlier this month, they said they knew they wanted to come back to Clearview's campus, but in a different way.
"It's just never been a sad place. It's always been a place of hope and healing and just family, after these years, it's family," Beck said.
Susan and Brenna now volunteer at Clearview one day a week, together.
"When we talked about volunteering down here, I actually made an inquiry if we could volunteer together. The coordinator said we're going to make that work. As soon as the volunteers were able to go back to the patients, she said, you know, bring your Brenna, and my Brenna and I have been together ever since," Beck said.
Susan explained that in their immediate family they've had four people diagnosed with cancer. Brenna added, "My mom, my grandpa, my aunt, and myself, we have a rare genetic disorder that predisposes us to getting cancer."
Susan said they've been to major cancer centers, but there was nothing like the feeling of being back at home.
"You know, it was bad to have the genetic disorder but because of that it afforded the opportunity to go to these large cancer research centers, and it was great, it was a great opportunity, but there is nothing like coming home and the doctors are going to work with us. Whatever the outcome we know that we are not doing it by ourselves. It's a place of comfort, and I just know everything that's been done for us. I would like to pay it forward," Beck said.
To learn more about volunteering at Clearview Cancer Institute, visit our website HERE.
To watch our interview with Susan and Brenna, click HERE.