The Times West Virginian

April 18, 2014

FGH oncology to benefit from cleanup

Proceeds from May 3 White Hall activity will benefit cancer patients

By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian

WHITE HALL — Proceeds from this year’s town cleanup and recycling in White Hall will go toward comforting local cancer patients.

During Monday’s council meeting, recorder Charlie Mason said the town will hold its annual cleanup from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3, at Fabric and Foam in White Hall. He said only White Hall residents may bring their garbage to throw away, but any Marion County resident may bring metal (excluding computers, televisions and tires) to recycle.

Mason said there will be a container to drop off metal at the location. He said the town will recycle the metal after the cleanup is finished.

Council passed a motion to give all proceeds from recycling the metal to oncology services at Fairmont General Hospital (FGH).

During the meeting, Tricia Julian, program director of oncology services at FGH, told council that the money donated will go toward fabric for prayer blankets and turbans for patients going through cancer treatment.

“We have a beautiful wig bank at the hospital where we give free wigs and hats to our patients,” she told council.

Julian said the hats are made by people in the community, but they do need funding for the fabric.

“We are able to offer these to our cancer patients free of change regardless of where they’re getting their treatment,” she said.

Julian said the prayer blankets are also handmade and given to patients free of charge. She said the blankets are made for palliative-care patients.

“Palliative care is primarily end-of-life care,” Julian said.

Julian said the blankets are taken to patients and have been well-received. She said the blankets provide comfort to patients.

Once a blanket is made, Julian said a priest says a prayer over it.

“It gives a lot of comfort not only to the patient, but to their family,” she said.

Mason said $100 will make 10 prayer blankets; $100 will also make 40-50 hats or turbans.

“(Julian) gives those to cancer patients after chemotherapy,” he said.

Mason said the blankets and hats are much appreciated by patients.

Julian said the wig bank along with the blankets have been used by individuals not only in Marion County but also in the surrounding counties.

“This is really a far-reaching program,” she said.

Oncology services at FGH may be reached at 304-367-7247.

Email Emily Gallagher at egallagher@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @EGallagherTWV.