CHD’s Cancer House of Hope to Unveil Upgrades

WEST SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield-based Center for Human Development has upgraded its Cancer House of Hope facility to include new private rooms for reiki treatment and certified oncology massage.

A ceremony marking the new improvements to the Cancer House of Hope is slated for 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2, at the West Springfield facility at 1999 Westfield St.

West Springfield Mayor William C. ReicheltDonald R. Chase, chairman of the board of directors of the Eastern States Exposition, and Mary Paier Powers, a West Side attorney specializing in elder law and estate planning, are among the local dignitaries expected to attend next month’s ceremony. 

“Maintaining this fund for the betterment of the quality of life in our town is of the utmost importance to the exposition,” Eugene J. Cassidy, president of the Eastern States Expedition, said in a statement Monday, May 1, 2017.

All three are trustees of The Big E / West Springfield Trust Fund, which provided a grant for building materials used in the upgrade. Also, Troy Collins, project manager for Colmac Construction LLC in Westfield, donated labor and materials for the project, and Jason Garand, business manager of Carpenters Local 108, helped coordinate labor for the project.

The ceremony will feature coffee and light refreshments and a tour of the new treatment rooms.

“This project provides a major improvement,” said Joe Kane, program manager of Cancer House of Hope.

Mercy’s Rachel Z. Sapelli to speak Sept. 13 at Cancer House of Hope in West Springfield.

Oncology massage and reiki treatment had been offered at the facility for some time, according to Kane, but the setting was not particularly private.

“Where previously we had one large room divided in half by a three-quarter height cubicle wall from an office building,” he said, “now we have two private spaces, each with a door, floor-to-ceiling walls and separate controls for interior lighting.”

Now, the reiki practitioner or massage therapist “can engage the guest in conversation that won’t be overheard,” Kane said. “We’re hoping this will allow guests the opportunity to talk more freely about their condition and how they’re feeling.”

Kaileen Russell is the new facilitator for Cancer House of Hope’s all-cancers support group and group for family and friends.

Kane thanked the people and organizations that donated the funds and labor to make the project happen.

“We were thrilled to receive a grant from The Big E / West Springfield Trust to purchase the building materials we required for this project,” he said. “And when we reached out to the Carpenters Union Local 108, without hesitation Jason Garand agreed to identify a contractor willing to provide the labor for us, in-kind.”

Collins and his crew from Colmac Construction did a “superb job,” Kane said. The project is a “great example” of volunteers coming together to support a nonprofit program that aims to provide comfort to people facing “the life change that comes with a cancer diagnosis,” he said.

Dr. Michael H. Rosen will talk on “Cancer Genetics: You Can’t Choose Your Parents but You Can Improve the Odds” on May 3 at CHD’s Cancer House of Hope.

CHD’s Cancer House of Hope provides a range of emotional, educational, social and spiritual support to cancer patients and their families. Every penny of every dollar donated to the House of Hope directly impacts programming and the people who are served by the program, according to Kane.

The Center for Human Development, founded in 1972, is a nonprofit organization that provides human services to over 17,000 children, adolescents, adults and families each year. More information is available online at www.chd.org.

Article by Conor Berrycberry@repub.com. Appeared on masslive.com on September 12, 2017. http://www.masslive.com/business-news/index.ssf/2017/09/chd_cancer_house_of_hope_to_unveil_upgra.html

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