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Cranbrook woman gives a gift from the heart for breast cancer

(From left)  Chris Shumka, Manager Critical Services at EKRH and Santa welcome Shirley Purdy and her gift from the heart. - Photo submitted
(From left) Chris Shumka, Manager Critical Services at EKRH and Santa welcome Shirley Purdy and her gift from the heart.
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Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is never easy and when treatment begins you sometimes just need that little something that can make the journey easier.

The East Kootenay Regional Hospital’s oncology and surgical departments have been fortunate in receiving several little something’s for the journey with donations of  heart pillows.

The most recent pillows are handmade with love by Cranbrook resident Shirley Purdy who herself was recently diagnosed in August.   Her surgery took place in September and Shirley is now on what she calls her chemo walk– a journey to becoming a survivor.

Shirley decided to start sewing heart shape pillows for her and others to help ease the discomfort of breast surgery and swelling.   These pillows, and ones also donated from Creston, are given out by the Operating Room or Oncology Unit to patients in need.

Shirley is hoping to encourage people to donate to the East Kootenay Foundation for Health’s Starlite Campaign earmarking funds for enhancements to the oncology unit.

If you wish to help light a path for others doing their chemo walk consider a gift today – donate at

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