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Girl Scout donates gift bags to McGlinn Cancer Institute patients

Patients at McGlinn Cancer Institute at Reading Hospital received a special delivery Friday from Junior Girl Scout Emily West, 10, of Maryland.

In coordination with McGlinn Cancer Institute and Reading Hospital Foundation, West created 127 bags of love for patients receiving chemotherapy. West is working on her Junior Bronze Award and wanted a project that would honor her late grandfather, Craig Sands, a Berks County resident who lost his battle with lung cancer in November.

“I am really thankful and excited for this to happen,” West said in a press release. “My Pop-Pop was my best friend and I miss him. I wanted to do something that would help cancer patients. I had helped my mom put together handbags filled with personal care items for women who were homeless and/or leaving abusive relationships and I thought we could do something similar. I wanted the bags to go to patients at the McGlinn Cancer Center because that’s where my Pop-Pop got the best care to help him with his fight against cancer. I am excited for my parents, grandmother, uncle, and aunt to be here too to help honor my Pop-Pop.”

Junior Girl Scout Emily West, 10, of Maryland, created and donated 127 bags of love to patients at McGlinn Cancer Institute at Reading Hospital. Posing for a picture with West are, from left, Dr. Meide Lu, Tower Health Medical Group Hematology Oncology; Dr. Uday Dasika, Tower Health Medical Group Cardiothoracic Surgery; Bridget Staron, director of Reading Hospital Infusion Center Nursing; Katherine Thornton, Reading Hospital Foundation president; and Dr. Michael Haas, chief of the division of radiation oncology at McGlinn Cancer Institute at Reading Hospital. (Courtesy of Reading Hospital)

Working with team members from McGlinn Cancer Institute and Reading Hospital Foundation, West created a list of items to include in the bags that she and her mom used for an online wish list. Within two days of the list being posted, donations started coming in from all over the country, including many from Berks.

Each bag includes hand sanitizer, hand lotion, tissues, sunscreen, gum, crackers, chips, pens, lip balm and hard candies. The Reading Hospital Foundation will also include a blanket of hope with each bag.

“On behalf of everyone at McGlinn Cancer Institute I’d like to thank Emily for her donation in support of our patients,” Dr. Michael Brown, medical director of McGlinn Cancer Institute, said in the press release. “I know this will help put a smile on their faces every time they use something from the bag.”

Source: Berkshire mont

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