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Give to Freeman

417.347.6557

 

You can make a difference!

Supporters like you help Freeman provide life-saving healthcare in a variety of ways — some people choose to volunteer in areas such as the information desk, the gift shop,and surgery waiting areas. Others make generous financial gifts to Freeman, Bill & Virginia Leffen for Autism, or Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Your help makes Freeman what it is today. Thank you for all you do.

Ready to get involved?

  • Make a donation
    By making a donation today, you become a meaningful partner in our crusade to save lives, heal bodies, and prevent illnesses – not for a few, but for thousands, one of whom could be your friend, neighbor, coworker, or maybe even yourself or a family member. Click here to donate online.
     
  • Volunteer at Freeman
    Freeman volunteers make patients and their families more comfortable through personal attention, dedication, and a genuine desire to enrich the lives of others. Click here to learn more about volunteering at Freeman.
     
  • Give blood
    Did you know there is no substitute for human blood? Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, yet only 3 in 100 Americans donate. When you give blood, it makes a difference. With your selfless gift, you can save up to 3 lives.  Nearly 1 in 5 people say that the main reason for not donating blood is that they’ve never thought about it. Consider it—when you give blood, it makes a difference. With your selfless gift, you can save up to 3 lives. Each day, it takes 275 blood donations to meet the needs of patients in the 36 hospitals supplied by Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO). Freeman regularly conducts blood drives in conjunction with CBCO. If you’d like to attend, please check our calendar of events. Donating blood is safe and takes less than an hour. People who are 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and have not given blood in the past 8 weeks are encouraged to give blood. You may donate blood every 8 weeks, up to 6 times a year. Let others live through you – give blood.

 

  • Register as an organ donor

    Did you know 115,000 people are waiting on an organ transplant at any given time and a new name is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes? Each organ donor can save 8 people. Each cornea donation can restore sight to 2 people. Each tissue donor can improve the lives of as many as 75 people. It's quick and easy to register to become an organ donor at donatelife.netFor more information, please contact Freeman Development Office for more information at 417.347.6557.

Freeman Donor Council

Freeman Donor Council is a group of caregivers who devote their time to helping patients and families learn about organ donation. They also organize events and projects to honor those who gave the Gift of Life.

One such project, the Tree of Life installation on display in the lobby at Freeman Hospital West, recognizes the heroes who gave the Gift of Life. Families may choose to place a leaf inscribed with their loved one's name on the tree.

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Freeman Giving Opportunities

    Together we'll provide hope and healing

    While much has changed since our humble beginnings in the John W. Freeman family home, one constant remains—without charitable gifts from the community, Freeman could not meet the area’s growing healthcare needs. We depend on donors, people like you who desire extraordinary healthcare. It’s a partnership that heals bodies and saves lives. Many of those we serve count on the partnership we share. Won’t you join us? Become a Partner in Healing

    The impact of your gift does not go unnoticed or unfelt. It has helped us improve and change the lives of our patients and support and lift up our exceptional nurses and caregivers. Please consider offering continued support to Freeman, and therefore this entire region, with a Partners in Healing gift.

    Partner in Friendship

    $1 – $249

    Partner in Benevolence

    $250 – $499

    Partner in Compassion

    $500 – $999

    Partner in Hope

    $1,000 – $2,499

    Partner in Inspiration

    $2,500 – $4,999

    Leadership Partner

    $5,000 – $9,999

    Executive Partner

    $10,000 or more

    Corporate donations help us promote quality healthcare, develop a network of community involvement, extend our commitment into our communities and accomplish things not possible with operating revenues alone. Your contribution will also enable us to keep pace with technology and equipment advances, perform cutting-edge procedures and offer educational opportunities to clinical staff.

    Partnering with Freeman allows your company to make a direct impact on your customers and inspire employees by showing them how much you care. We invite you to join us in our mission and achieve great things together.

    Corporate Giving benefits include:

    • A great opportunity to show your standing as a supportive corporate citizen
    • Maximum exposure and recognition with your sponsorship dollars
    • A reputable and successful charitable organization in which to invest
    • The impact of supporting thousands of patients with your donation

     

    Ways to give

    • Annual giving
    • Endowed funds
    • Recognition and engagement opportunities
    • Facility and program naming rights
    • Special event sponsorships

     

    Customize your corporate donation

    You may make your corporation’s tax-deductible contribution in cash, capital gifts, stocks, in-kind donations or real estate. Every gift helps sustain the hospital’s services for patients and their families and enhances the quality of care.

    Read more about corporate giving

    Guide to Corporate Giving

    Pillars of our community

    The Pillar Society, a giving program composed exclusively of Freeman employees, provides funding to help many Freeman programs. Each year, Pillar Society members contribute more than $30,000 for projects that benefit our families, friends and neighbors. For more information, contact Freeman Development Office at 417.347.6557.

    Freeman Development Office
    931 E. 32nd St.
    Joplin, MO 64804
    417.347.6557

    Mailing address
    1102 W. 32nd Street
    Joplin, MO 64804

    Perhaps he or she performed lifesaving surgery and cared for you during your most difficult days. Maybe your caregiver offered an encouraging word, a gentle touch or relief from discomfort. Express gratitude to the physician, nurse, or other caregiver who touched your life and made a difference during your stay at Freeman with a Healing Hands gift. You can honor your caregiver in a meaningful way.

    You may designate your gift to the fund of your choosing or direct it to the area of greatest need. Your generous contribution will pay tribute to those who provided exceptional care and offer hope and healing to future patients for years to come. Learn more.

    The caregiver you honor will receive special mementos:

    • Gift of $99 or less – Keepsake card with your personal message
    • Gift of $100 - $499 – Keepsake card with your personal message and custom lapel pin engraved with your name, the year, and “thank you”
    • Gift of $500 or more – Keepsake card with your personal message and custom lapel pin engraved with your name, the year, “thank you,” and one additional engraved line

     

    The amount of your gift will remain confidential.

    Donate online

    Whether you are passionate about helping local sick and injured children, cancer care or treating mental illness, Freeman has a great cause for you. Join in on our efforts to assist area families as the only local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, help us serve a growing autism population at Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, help fight cancer at Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute or find an area of interest in our catalog of funds. Choose how you want to give, and we’ll connect your passion with a worthy cause.

    Behavioral health and mental health

    Ozark Center Fund for Excellence
    Helps Ozark Center meet the greatest healthcare needs. 

    Ozark Center Turnaround Ranch Fund
    Supports the program and operational growth and development of Turnaround Ranch. 

    Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism

    Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism Fund
    Supports the program and operational growth and development of the center.
     
    Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism Capital Building Fund
    Supports the building of the new center located at 2808 South Picher Avenue in Joplin.

    Cancer care

    Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute Fund
    Supports programs and initiatives for the growth and development of Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute’s focus on treating patients and providing education to families.

    Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute Capital Building Fund
    Gifts designated to the building and/or improvements to Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute.

    Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®

    Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Fund
    Provides assistance for children with medical needs and their families and supports Freeman pediatric and children’s services.

    Diabetes care

    Diabetes Care Fund
    Fund to support diabetes education, program development through equipment and technology advancements, and for the greatest needs of treating and caring for diabetes patients and families.

     Greatest need and patient/family assistance

    Fund for Excellence
    Helps Freeman Health System meet the greatest healthcare needs.

    Chaplains Patient and Family Assistance Fund
    Provides direct aid for Freeman patients and families who have verifiable needs for assistance with meals, transportation, prescriptions and fuel expenses.

    Chaplains Children Assistance Fund
    For the direct aid of children at Freeman Health System who demonstrate financial need for assistance with special services not related to medical bills.

    Dialysis Patient Assistance Fund
    Provides direct aid to dialysis patients at Freeman who have verifiable needs for assistance with meals, transportation, prescriptions and medical equipment.

      Heart & vascular care

    Heart & Vascular Institute Fund
    Advances cardiology care by providing emerging diagnostic technologies and support services for comprehensive heart and vascular care.

    Maternal and pediatric services

    Maternity Services Fund
    Supports the enhancement of maternity services through a variety of prenatal education classes and ongoing comprehensive education.

    Maternity Center Revitalization Fund
    Supports capital improvements and expansion of Freeman Maternity Center to provide comprehensive labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care.

    Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Fund
    Supports NICU enhancement through capital improvements, equipment and technology upgrades, and program development.

    Medical education

    Graduate Medical Education Fund
    Supports programs and initiatives for the growth and development of Freeman Graduate Medical Education.

    Medical Education Capital Fund
    Gifts to support the enhancement of the graduate medical education building through capital improvements, equipment and technology upgrades and program development.

    Nursing Education Fund
    Advances the education and knowledge of Freeman registered nurses. Items covered may include certifications, advanced degrees, national conferences, advanced job-related training and any other educational opportunity as approved by senior nursing leadership

    ENT Residency Program Fund
    Fund to support the program and operational development of the Ear, Nose and Throat Residency Program.

    Emergency Medicine Residency Program Fund
    Fund to support the program and operational development of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program.

    Internal Medicine Residency Program Fund
    Fund to support the program and operational development of the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

    Psychiatry Residency Program Fund
    Fund to support the program and operational development of the Psychiatry Residency Program.

     Freeman Neosho funds

    Freeman Neosho Fund for Excellence
    Helps Freeman Neosho Hospital meet the greatest healthcare needs. 

    Freeman Neosho Chaplains Patient & Family Assistance Fund
    Provides direct aid to Freeman Neosho Hospital patients and families who have verifiable needs for assistance with meals, transportation, prescriptions and fuel expenses. 

    Palliative care

    Palliative Care Fund
    Provides educational or support materials for patients and their families when they are making end-of-life decisions.

    Senior care

    Geriatric Care Fund
    Fund to support the geriatric program through the advancement of senior health services.

    Sports medicine and rehabilitation

    Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Fund
    Supports the enhancement of sports medicine and rehabilitation programs and facilities

    Women’s Health

    Women’s Health Fund
    Advances women’s healthcare by providing emerging diagnostic technologies, support services and education for comprehensive women’s medical care. 

    Helping Friends Mammogram Fund
    Provides mammogram screenings and screening education for women with limited financial resources. Assistance includes diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds and camisoles for patients undergoing mastectomy surgery.

    Breast Cancer Patient Navigator Fund
    Fund for the operational support of the breast cancer patient navigator position and program.

    Buddy Check 16 Fund
    Fund for the promotion and awareness of breast cancer and mammograms

    2019 Annual Special Events and Fundraising Campaigns*

    Benefitting programs and services of Freeman Health System and Ozark Center

     

    March 5                 CMNH Mardi Gras Party at Crabby’s

    March 9                 March O’ the Kidney 1-mile walk

    March 12               CMNH IHOP National Pancake Day – NCP

    March 18 – 22       CMNH Children’s Hospitals Week

    March 20               CMNH Dairy Queen Free Cone Day – NCP

    March 30               CMNH Pittsburg State University “Gorillathon” Dance Marathon – NP***

    April 8 – 12            CMNH Bling! Spring Jewelry Sale with Select Jewelers

    April 6                    Freeman Family 5K

    April 27                  Walk for Autism Awareness 1-Mile Walk & 5K

    May 16                  CMNH Tournament of Miracles Golf Scramble

    June 1 – July 25    CMNH Dairy Queen Fundraising Campaign – NCP

    June 7                    Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute Hope SOARS Picnic

    June 10 – July 7    CMNH Walmart and Sam’s Club Fundraising Campaign – NCP

    July 25                   CMNH Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day – NCP

    Aug. 2 – 4              CMNH Ace Hardware Bucket Sale – NCP
    Aug. 26 – Sept. 30  CMNH Love’s Travel Stops Fundraising Campaign – NCP

    Sept. 1 – 15          CMNH Walgreen’s Fundraising Campaign – NCP

    Sept. 20 – 21         Freeman Nephrology & Dialysis Center’s Patient Engagement Days

    Sept. 26                 Celebrating Freeman Nurses – A Red Carpet Affair

    Oct.                        Go Pink for Prevention

    Oct.                        CMNH Great Clips Fundraising Campaign – NCP

    Oct.                       CMNH Dairy Queen Round Up for Kids Fundraising Campaign – NCP

    Oct.                       CMNH Credit Unions for Kids Skip-a-Pay Fundraising Campaign – NCP

    Oct. 6                    Clays for a Cause (Autism) Clay Shooting Tournament

    Oct. 15 – 19          CMNH Bling! Fall Jewelry Sale with Select Jewelers

    Nov. 2                    CMNH Extra Life Gaming Marathon – NP

    Dec.                       CMNH Ace Hardware Round Up Fundraising Campaign – NCP

    Dec. 3                   Joplin Christmas Parade Presented by Freeman Health System

    *Schedule subject to change. Please contact Freeman Development Office for sponsorship packet.
    ***NP indicates Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals National Programs

     

    Patient Stories: Your Funds in Action

    See how your donations make a positive impact in the lives of those in our community.

      Avery’s heart didn’t beat on its own for 20 minutes. She wasn’t willing to give up. Neither were we.

      Avery Curry arrived quietly into this world, without a cry or even a breath. Her umbilical cord ruptured while she was still in the womb, depriving Avery’s body of oxygen. For nearly 20 minutes her heart did not beat on its own, so Freeman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) staff performed CPR on her. Once a heartbeat was detected, NICU staff placed bags of ice around Avery’s head in an effort to protect her brain from further damage. 

      The only one of its kind in southwest Missouri, Freeman NICU provides specialized care for premature and critically ill newborns. Survival rates for infants less than three pounds have increased significantly as a result of the outstanding medical care provided by the Freeman NICU team. Thanks to a $1.3 million expansion funded by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2011, Freeman NICU expanded to 24 beds, allowing us to care for more babies like Avery.

      Thanks to the immediate reactions of Freeman clinical staff, Avery’s parents took their baby girl home after three weeks. She was — and still is — a healthy child with no sign of the trauma her body endured.

      You can be small and still be strong.

      A tick bite on Braidon Lantz seemed insignificant until he developed alarming symptoms. Pediatricians at Children’s Kansas City diagnosed him with pancreatitis and Addison’s disease, both caused by the bite. Though the conditions took their toll on little Braidon, but don’t let his size fool you. He may be small, but he is strong. Armed with that strength and care from his Children’s Kansas City physicians, Braidon will keep right on fighting.

      Now, thanks to a partnership between Freeman Health System and Children’s Kansas City, Braidon can get the care he needs close to home. A Children’s Kansas City clinic is now open on the Freeman campus in Joplin, providing pediatric specialty clinics for cardiology, endocrinology/diabetes, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, nephrology, rheumatology and telemedicine.

      The partnership between Freeman and Children’s Kansas City means care from a nationally recognized children’s hospital is more accessible to children like Braidon — our smallest (and strongest) fighters.

      Four years ago, Brad Ward visited the emergency department at Freeman Neosho suspecting his pain was the result of a dislocated rib. But when x-rays indicated abnormalities, Brad was referred to Freeman Cancer Institute Oncologist Dr. Matthew Miller. Further tests revealed cancer of the lymphatic system.

      “Receiving such a serious diagnosis at age 31 frightened me. Immediately when I heard the word cancer, I thought the worst. But, Dr. Miller and his team reassured me, and I soon began to feel more comfortable about the next steps,” said Brad. “I remember asking Dr. Miller point blank if I could receive the level of care at Freeman that I needed to beat this. He assured me I could. It was a big relief knowing my family and I didn’t have to travel away from home for me to receive treatment,” he added.

      Now cancer-free and with an excellent prognosis for the future, Brad continues to see Dr. Miller for follow-up visits. And although he hopes none of his loved ones will ever need cancer care, he puts great confidence in the team at Freeman Cancer Institute. “If I had a friend facing cancer, I would recommend Freeman Cancer Institute. My family and I feel fortunate to have a facility of this caliber right here in our community. They cared for not only me, but for my wife and family as well,” added Brad.

      For Lynn Morgan, knowing the truth about her teenage son, Colton, and having it on paper made all the difference. The former Judevine Center for Autism (now known as TouchPoint Autism Services) originally evaluated Colton at age 2½ and determined he had autism but didn’t offer a comprehensive medical diagnosis. As information about autism became more widely known, it became evident that Colton needed a more descriptive diagnosis in order to receive all available services.

      Years later, when Lynn learned about the new Autism Diagnostic Team at Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, she decided to have her son re-evaluated. Lynn admits she felt quite nervous about this. “Colton is horribly afraid of doctors and offices. Though we desperately needed a diagnosis, I felt apprehensive about the process. When I called to make the appointment, I shared my concerns. The team was awesome! They played with him, making him feel so at ease that he didn’t even realize they were actually doctors. I never dreamed Colton would endure hours of testing,” said Lynn.

      Since the diagnosis, Colton has received a wide variety of services previously unavailable to him. As one example, he gets assistance to help him maintain a gluten-free diet and medication to manage anxiety and mood swings. Diet and medication have greatly improved his quality of life.

      His teachers at Diamond Middle School appreciate the diagnosis as well because it helps them better understand his form of autism and how to approach his curriculum so he can reach his full potential. As a result, his math and social skills have improved significantly. Colton also receives home visits from Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism therapists who assess his progress and offer additional resources.

      Lynn knows the diagnosis will serve most helpful when Colton reaches adulthood because it guarantees he’ll get the services he needs. Colton’s diagnosis also gives her peace of mind. “Everybody has to go through the storm before seeing the rainbow. I feel so much better now that we have a diagnosis. No one can say my son doesn’t have autism,” she said. “I’m so grateful to this team and the donors who made it possible,” she continued.

      Cooper was once locked inside his own world. Now the world is at his fingertips.

      Libby Meirick knew in her heart something was wrong. At 12 months, her son Cooper hadn’t reached the typical one-year-old milestones. He didn’t make eye contact. He didn’t babble. Her little boy was locked in his own world.

      Libby sought help from Freeman Health System, which offers Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, a place where children like Cooper can receive intensive one-on-one therapy vital to unlocking parts of the brain. Experts at Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism diagnosed Cooper on the autism spectrum and began offering him intensive one-on-one therapy. As a result of his therapy, Cooper started speaking, interacting, and showing affection. The child who once couldn’t say a word is now the most talkative member of the Meirick family! Thanks to that therapy, Libby was finally introduced to her precious son. And Cooper was introduced to the world.

      Elijah was born with limitations. He just doesn’t know it.

      If there is something Elijah Schultz can’t accomplish, he hasn’t found it yet. Though he was born without his lower left leg and portions of his hands, Elijah still climbs, runs, jumps and swims—he doesn’t let his limitations limit him.

      While still in his birth mother’s womb, bands from the amniotic sac wrapped around Elijah’s body, causing him to be born without portions of his limbs. Before they even finalized his adoption from Ghana, Elijah’s parents, Shannon and Tobin, had already reached out to Freeman Health System and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for assistance. 

      Freeman is the region’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Together, the two organizations work to ensure that finances never stand in the way of caring for children like Elijah.

      “We knew he would require extensive medical care,” said Shannon. “We also knew we would need help.”

      Now two, Elijah and his family have journeyed across the Midwest 21 times to give him the care he needs. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals helped fund every journey. “That level of financial assistance allows us to focus on what is important: our family,” said Shannon.

      With help from Freeman and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Elijah’s limitations won’t ever limit him.

      At age 34, Jessica Pratt received devastating news: a breast cancer diagnosis. After hearing those words, Jessica remembers feeling physically ill. Her body went numb as her eyes began to well with tears. “I turned to look at my husband, Marcus, and saw the fear in his eyes. At that very moment, my fight instinct kicked in. I knew I had to be strong if I was going to beat this. I had to be strong for my family,” Jessica recalled.

      Soon after receiving the diagnosis, Jessica shared the news with her young children, Maggie and Lane, ages 8 and 6 at the time. Unable to comprehend or fully understand what she’d heard, Maggie asked, “Will you still be my mom?” Determined to reassure her, Jessica quickly responded. “I’ll live to be 112!” Lane questioned why this had happened. “I told him I don't know why. But I know God has a plan for my life,” she remarked.

      A few weeks later, Jessica underwent a double mastectomy. Following surgery, she began aggressive chemotherapy under the guidance of Freeman Cancer Institute Oncologist Dr. John Vu. She continued working as much as possible, pushing through the tough days, refusing to put her life on hold. Almost immediately, the treatments robbed Jessica of the long hair she once cherished. “That was hard. But I soon decided I couldn't let my hair define me. I had to be bold. I chose not to wear a wig and opted for cute hats instead. I got through it and it wasn't so bad,” Jessica remembered.

      Today, as she nears the end of her treatment, Jessica shares her story because she wants to encourage other women facing cancer. Each time she’s given the opportunity to offer hope and reassurance, she receives an unexpected blessing. And for that, she feels grateful.

      Letha Fisher has always considered herself a fighter. That certainly proved true nine years ago when she learned at age 45 she had stage III uterine cancer. Determined to beat the disease and live life to its fullest, Letha waged a fierce, successful battle. Her yearlong treatment included chemotherapy and radiation, as well as a total hysterectomy.

      A few years later and cancer-free, Letha moved from Kansas City to Grove, Oklahoma, with her husband, Chuck, and purchased a local antique shop. It seemed fitting that they lived on Grand Lake—Letha had never felt better. But life threw her a curve ball Christmas Day 2012 when she discovered a lump in her breast. Soon after, a breast cancer diagnosis confirmed her fears. And though Letha never expected to face cancer twice, she prepared herself, once again, for the fight of her life.

      Letha's treatment at Freeman Cancer Institute began in February. "My treatment experience the second time around is so completely different. Dr. Miller and the rest of the team have empowered me with knowledge and resources I didn't have before. As a cancer patient, I feel it's my responsibility to have a positive attitude and the will to fight. But, Freeman Cancer Institute has provided the tools and technology I need to beat this," remarked Letha. "I know I'm not facing my battle alone—I have a team fighting with me, cheering me on each step of the way!”

      Letha and Chuck find great comfort in knowing they don't have to travel away from home to receive her cancer care." We feel fortunate to have a facility of this caliber in our community. I can focus on getting well without worrying about the added time and expense it takes to travel," said Letha. ''I'm so grateful to the donors who made my care possible.”

      Those very donors help patients just like Letha receive the lifesaving treatment they so desperately need. Freeman Cancer Institute depends on charitable contributions to enhance patient care, provide education and resources, and ease the financial and emotional burden for patients. Freeman Cancer Institute depends on you.

      As a longtime registered nurse, Margaret Williams has devoted her career to caring for others. When she received a breast cancer diagnosis in July of this year, Margaret began to see the role of nurses with a new perspective—through the patient's eyes.

      To assist her in preparing for her mastectomy, Freeman General Surgeon Dr. Brock Carney advised Margaret to attend Operation Education, a two-hour presurgical education course offered at Freeman. There, she got to know Freeman RN Teresa Carpenter. "As an operating room nurse, I know what takes place during surgery. But after hearing the words breast cancer, I didn't hear anything else. I was stunned and had trouble retaining all the information. Teresa walked me through the entire process—from how to prepare for my surgery to what kind of clothes to wear while recovering at home. She explained every last detail and answered all my questions. She encouraged me and made me feel more at ease," Margaret recalled.

      Though Margaret may still need further treatment, she feels thankful that her cancer hasn't spread. She knows now, more than ever, the importance of a yearly screening mammogram. "Women need to make time for their annual mammograms. Doctors found my cancer early before it had time to spread, and that made all the difference in my outcome," she implored.

      Fully recovered, Margaret has now returned to work. While she's grateful to have the experience behind her, she will never forget how Teresa, and the others who cared for her in the hospital, made her feel.

      After scheduling her yearly mammogram in September 2012, Pat Arnce had no reason to feel anxious. With no family history of breast cancer and no other health concerns, Pat felt sure she would receive a good report. It shook her to the core when she learned a few days later she had breast cancer. Further tests revealed a grim prognosis—stage IV cancer that had spread to her liver and bones. "Hearing stage IV cancer seemed like a death sentence. I thought my life was over. I didn't understand how breast cancer could spread like that. I felt hopeless," Pat remarked.

      Pat underwent a bilateral mastectomy to remove both breasts. Soon after, she began an aggressive regimen of chemotherapy under the direction of Freeman Cancer Institute Oncologist Dr. Matthew Miller. Though she knew surgery and treatment would change her body, she wasn't fully prepared for her reaction the first time she looked at herself in the mirror. Losing her breasts and her hair—the two things that most made her feel feminine—felt overwhelming. She longed to feel pretty again.

      When Pat visited Pink Door Boutique to purchase a wig and get fitted for prostheses, she didn't know what to expect. Walking into the boutique, she felt nervous. Reflecting on that day, Pat said, "But, then I met Crystal and very quickly, I began to feel at ease. She didn't just help me with my purchase—she offered comfort, encouragement and hope. We laughed and cried together. It was a healing moment for me. She even helped me pick out a wig that met with my husband’s approval!"

      A few weeks ago, Pat received miraculous news. Her latest CAT scan showed no sign of cancer. "This has been an extraordinary journey," she exclaimed. "Without my faith, the support of my family and friends, and the doctors and nurses who cared for me, I wouldn't be here today. I’m nothing short of a miracle."

      When Pat Conard underwent a routine mammogram in June 2013, she fully expected the same normal results she'd received in years past. However, a phone call a few days later forever changed her life—she learned she had breast cancer. "I remember asking myself 'Why me?' and 'How could this happen?' I had no family history of breast cancer and have always taken good care of myself. But I learned firsthand cancer isn't selective. It can strike anyone at any time. You must choose to fight it head on. So that’s what I did," Pat remarked.

      Two weeks after receiving her diagnosis, Pat had a mastectomy to remove her right breast. Thankfully, the cancer had not spread into the lymph nodes, so she will not need further treatment. Now, Pat enjoys a full recovery and lives life to the fullest with a new perspective. "My senses have been awakened like never before. I'm so very grateful for this new way of thinking. Though I would have never wished breast cancer on myself, without this experience I wouldn't have the mind-set I have today. I value my relationships with those I love more than ever."

      From the moment Pat received her diagnosis and throughout her recovery, Freeman Breast Cancer Patient Navigator Jennifer Hargis stood by her side providing support, empowering her with knowledge, and offering encouragement. "Jennifer told me we were taking this journey together and that she'd hold my hand until we crossed the finish line," Pat reflected. "Not only did I have her support during a very challenging time, I have made a special friend for life—one that I will cherish always."

      At only 3 months old, Robyn was diagnosed with Ellis-van Creveld syndrome – she had only three chambers in her heart, 13 fingers, short arms, short legs and a small chest cavity. She has undergone six surgeries since 2008, including two heart surgeries, one double knee surgery, two oral surgeries and a surgery to remove the three extra fingers on her left hand. This little girl, now 7 years old, is full of life, and always has a positive outlook – nothing stops her. Robyn’s mother, Leeanna said, “We have been able to get assistance with travel for our many doctor appointments in Kansas City. We have made so many friends, and they are a great support system. WE LOVE Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals!”

      Roy Huntington prides himself on staying physically fit. He adheres to a healthy diet, exercises regularly and has never smoked. His infectious positive attitude, he feels, has played an important role in maintaining his good health. Until recently, Roy never needed hospitalization.

      That changed in the early morning hours of November 6, 2012, when he awoke suddenly at 4:30 am with what felt like severe heartburn. His wife, Suzi, noticed he looked pale. At age 58 and the picture of health, Roy suspected he was having a heart attack. 

      Within minutes of his arrival at Dr. Robert and Dorothy Willcoxon Emergency/Trauma Center at Freeman Hospital West, doctors confirmed Roy’s suspicion. Freeman Cardiologist Dr. John Cox determined that Roy’s right coronary artery was completely occluded, and the left artery functioned at only 20 percent capacity. Dr. Cox performed emergency surgery, putting two stents in place to open the blockages. Remarkably, by 6:30 am, Roy was feeling like new and enjoying breakfast in his hospital room. 

      “I can’t say enough about my experience at Freeman. Less than 30 minutes passed from the time I arrived in the emergency room until my surgery began. I am here today only because of the skill and quick action of those who cared for me,” commented Roy.