FirstHealth Cancer Program Collecting Stories and Artwork
They're all pretty typical thoughts for a 10-year-old boy.
Worrying about your mom isn't, though.
Eleven-year-old Ian DeLisle of Southern Pines penned these thoughts a year ago as his mother was beginning chemotherapy for breast cancer. They will be included in a "Share Your Story" publication that is being prepared by the CARE-Net program of FirstHealth of the Carolinas.
"You can see in the poem all of the different thoughts and emotions going on, the regular 10-year-old boy imagination, but also glimpses of the pain and worry about his mother," says Laura Kuzma, CARE-Net coordinator.
A program that pairs specially trained volunteers with Moore, Montgomery and Richmond County residents who have cancer, CARE-Net is currently collecting thoughts, poems, stories, photography and artwork from patients for the "Share Your Story" project. Patients' immediate family members as well as CARE-Net volunteers and oncology staff members can also submit items.
The "Share Your Story" materials will be published and then distributed to contributors, staff and the community at large. Categories include poetry, short stories, spiritual/inspirational thoughts, memoirs, personal essays, art and photography.
"Our patients exhibit such tremendous courage and hope and strength every day," Kuzma says. "We want them to share their stories and their spirit with those around them. Maybe their words and pictures can be an inspiration to those traveling down a similar path."
The CARE-Net staff will collect items for the "Share Your Story" publication until Sept. 1. Here are the guidelines:
-- Entries must be original and unpublished, and typed or neatly written.
-- All entries become the property of FirstHealth of the Carolinas.
-- Each entry must have a cover sheet with a document title and category as well as the author's name, age, address and telephone number.
-- If there is more than one page, each page should be numbered and have the author's last name on the top right corner.
All entries will be published with the author's name unless other arrangements are made.
Anyone wanting to submit a "Share Your Story" item should send it to Laura Kuzma, CARE-Net Coordinator, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, N.C., 28374. Entries can also be delivered to Kuzma's office in the Oncology Department (lobby level) at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.
For more information, contact Kuzma at 715-2346.
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