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Bringing sunshine to families facing breast cancer

Date: 07/13/2020

For children who are experiencing a loved one’s breast cancer diagnosis, it can be difficult during the best of circumstances. During this time when social distancing is so important, it can be even harder. The Breast Cancer Advisory Board at Northern Light Cancer Care is building a network of support for families affected by breast cancer and has found a way to grow a little hope... in the form of sunflowers!
On Tuesday, July 14, families experiencing breast cancer are encouraged to stop by Northern Light Cancer Care where a team will be handing out seedlings to families interested in planting and growing sunflowers. Patients and their families may stop by Lafayette Family Cancer Institute from 3 to 6 pm, wearing a face covering, to pick up sunflower seedlings to plant at home.
“Children with a parent facing cancer have unique challenges, and we feel shared experiences can help these families during difficult times,” explains Michelle Allen, patient and, Breast Cancer Advisory Board member at Northern Light Cancer Care. “Since the virus took hold, all of us are missing our community’s support. We wanted to build a safe, shared activity that would give families something fun to do together, while helping everyone feel more connected.”
After the plants grow, participants can share a snapshot of their families with the sunflowers, and the photos will be posted in an online virtual garden for everyone to enjoy.
Michelle continues, “Since it isn’t safe for patients who are immunocompromised to gather and plant a real garden together, this virtual activity still allows us to safely connect, in a different way.”
Members of the media interested in covering the event and speaking with Breast Cancer Advisory Board members, contact Marketing and Communications by calling 207.973.9530 or emailing