CRMC to raise funds for cancer patients at UC Home & Garden Show

‘Not Your Ordinary Tour Of Homes’ to take place during March 13-15 event

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A pet therapy volunteer shares a personal treatment journal with a CRMC cancer patient.

COOKEVILLE – The Pet Therapy Program at Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) will be offering one-of-a-kind doghouses for sale at the upcoming Upper Cumberland Home & Garden Show March 13-15 at Hyder Burk Pavilion.

As part of the promotion, “Not Your Ordinary Tour of Homes,” doghouses offered for sale are constructed and donated by local civic groups, youth groups and wood workers. Proceeds from the event will help provide personal treatment journals to cancer patients at CRMC. Personal treatment journals useful by patients to log information about physicians, treatment options, side effects, support groups, nutrition, terminology, other resources and space to write symptoms and feelings.

Providing personal treatment journals to cancer patients has been an ongoing project for volunteers associated with the Pet Therapy Program. Those volunteers work throughout the year to raise funds to purchase these journals for patients.

“We are really passionate about providing these journals to cancer patients,” said MaryDell Sommers, chair of the Pet Therapy Program. “Since we visit with patients through Pet Therapy on a recurring basis, we hear first-hand how important these journals are.”

Visitors to the home show may purchase a doghouse by visiting the “Not Your Ordinary Tour of Homes” booth. For those that do not have pets at home, doghouses may also be purchased for donation to the animal shelter. Visitors who don’t want to purchase a doghouse may also consider making a donation; 100 percent of the funds collected will go toward providing cancer patients with personal treatment journals.


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