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Patient and Family Advisors
- Bob Beck
- Marcin Chwistek
- Luanne Chynoweth
- Joanne Hambleton
- Fran McAdams
- Delinda Pendleton
Daniel F. Wolfson, Co-Chair
My commitment to the Patient-Family Advisory Council is to insure that everyone who enters Fox Chase for treatment obtains the highest quality of medical care. This means that every patient receives information about appropriate treatment options and that the patient and the physician understand each other. Humanity and the relief of "suffering," whether physical or emotional, will be the keystone of Fox Chase, its staff, and the Council. Compassion for patients and their families is our highest goal and our most worthy achievement.More
Kimberly Hagerich, Co-Chair
Jeannie Watson, Council Secretary
As devastating as it was when my husband was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2005, we were blessed to have found Fox Chase Cancer Center.
As I continue to care for my husband, who is still a patient at Fox Chase, I enjoy working on the Patient-Family Advisory Council. Although there is no way I could ever repay the staff at Fox Chase for giving me my husband back, I will do my very best to represent patients and their families who have been stricken with this challenging disease.More
My wife was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer in April 2009. Like it does for most people, the diagnosis came out of the blue. Right away we were brought to Fox Chase Cancer Center. We were given nothing but hope from the doctors and nurses here. They were extremely compassionate. The staff was there for my wife whenever she needed that extra care, whether it was in the middle of the night, on weekends, or at the times when she was admitted to the hospital. As her cancer progressed, we researched many other options and facilities. Everything came back to Fox Chase.
My wife saw me serve on the Patient-Family Advisory Council for a few months before she passed away in February of 2011. She was glad for the work this group does. I continue my work in PFAC in her memory and help where I can with the knowledge I now have from my experiences with cancer and at Fox Chase.
Dyanne A. Garner
I was born in Philadelphia and educated in the Philadelphia School System. I retired from federal employment with the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights. I am married to Joseph Garner and we have two children, Robyn and Jerry.
I am happy to "give back" on the Patient-Family Advisory Council at Fox Chase. My husband was diagnosed with small cell carcinoma at another facility in 1999 and was told he would live for two more months. After recovering from such tragic news, our research and God led us to Fox Chase. Doctors King, Millenson and Nicolau provided my husband with an aggressive treatment that put his cancer in remission for ten years. During this time, he never had the complications associated with lung cancer. His doctors were proactive and never waited for an illness or complication to occur-instead providing medication and treatment to prevent them. Unfortunately, after ten years his cancer metastasized to his brain and his lung cancer returned. He had surgery to remove the tumor at Temple University, but shortly thereafter succumbed to his illness.
Because of my husband's love of Fox Chase and his confidence in his doctors, he helped us to accept the inevitable and for that I will be eternally grateful.
I live in Yardley, PA with my wife Eileen. We first came to Fox Chase when she was diagnosed with breast cancer over 10 years ago. Her treatment here was expert, compassionate, and successful.
At that time I was employed, as I had been for the majority of my career, by the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, as an Assistant Chief Investigator. When I retired, I was the Chief Investigator in the Mercer Trial Regional Office. I thereafter took employment as an Advocate for New Jersey Protection and Advocacy, a disability rights organization.
When I retired again, I applied to Fox Chase for a volunteer opportunity, because Eileen and I had been so impressed with the hospital and her treatment, including her follow-up care. I have served on the Patient Safety Committee and more recently on the Patient-Family Advisory Council. I also have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and am under the care of Fox Chase.
I was born in Pottstown, PA and grew up on Long Island, NY for the first 14 years of my life. My father died suddenly and we moved back to Pottstown to be close to my mother's family. I attended Pottstown High School and after graduating I went to Hiram Scott College in Nebraska, where I met my husband. We were married and had 3 children. My mother died when she was 60 and I was 25. It wasn't until many years later that I found out that she had died from ovarian cancer. There was also a very strong history of breast cancer in my family.
In the year 2000 I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. That is when I became involved with Fox Chase Cancer Center. I took part in a protocol they were doing at that time which included having some of my stem cells removed and frozen to be given back to me after chemotherapy. I was in the hospital at Fox Chase for months at a time between April and September of that year. I also found out that I have the BRCA 2 gene mutation, which greatly increases risk for breast and ovarian cancer. My oldest daughter also has this gene and had a hysterectomy last August. I have been cancer free for 11 years and owe it to Fox Chase for their excellent work and wonderful staff. I'm very involved in the Sandy Rollman ovarian cancer foundation and serve am on their board of directors. My mission is to educate women about ovarian cancer and to work to raise money for a cure.