Betty Prichard's Story
Betty Prichard knows about surprises. She’s a breast cancer survivor. Treated at the Carol W. and Julius A. Rippel Breast Center, she credits her medical team – Jason Levitz, MD, Mona Karim, MD, and Leah Gendler, MD – for saving her life. But receiving so much compassion? That was another surprise, which led her and her husband, Dave, to become first-time hospital donors.
“Everyone went out of their way for me,” says Mrs. Prichard. “They made me feel so comfortable. It was all the little things.” A hospital volunteer gave her a hat in her favorite color. Harp music played in the lobby on her way to treatments and complimentary snacks, such as donuts, bagels and ice cream, were a welcome treat. She’ll never forget when Dr. Gendler told her she’d “hit a home run” after successfully finishing her treatments.
Mrs. Prichard has even surprised herself by encouraging other cancer patients: “I talk to people I don’t even know and say, ‘You can do this!’”