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Kappa Epsilon Donates Baskets of Comfort and Hope

The members of Psi Chapter of Kappa Epsilon, the women’s professional pharmacy fraternity, donated baskets of “comfort and hope” to St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima, to be used for women diagnosed with breast cancer.

A note in each basket said:

“The sisters of Kappa Epsilon, Ohio Northern University, would like to give you this basket of comfort and hope. As women and as pharmacy students, we know that breast cancer can happen to anyone’s friend, sister, mother, grandmother or even ourselves. We hope that our thoughts and good wishes help you though your treatment and your future.”

Denise Charboneau, vice president of service and chairwomen for the project, said the women worked in teams of two putting the baskets together using their own money to purchase the baskets and items within. The baskets included many different items from soft handmade pillows, packages of Chai tea, lotions, teddy bears, sweet treats, grooming items and a wide range of other heartfelt gifts.

The baskets completely filled a conference room at St. Rita’s Women’s Wellness center. The generosity of the students involved in the basket-making also completely filled the hearts of Dr. Nicole Nelson, medical director of the Women’s Wellness Center, and manager Mary Key Verhoff, who accepted the baskets on behalf of the patients who will receive them.

Baskets of Comfort and Hope

Pictured from left to right, Emily Trimble, a third year pharmacy major from Allendale, Ill.; Denise Charboneau, a third-year pharmacy major from Stow, Ohio; Alyssa Sneed, a third-year pharmacy major from Van Wert, Ohio; Emily Gaborcik, a third-year pharmacy major from Rittman, Ohio; and Lauren Bajbus, a third-year pharmacy major from Parma, Ohio. (Photo: SRMC)