The Education Committee of the Awareness Garden Board, is a group of Healthcare professionals from Centra and Lynchburg Hematology Oncology, cancer survivors and community volunteers. If you are interested in facilitating cancer awareness and understanding early detection, diagnosis and treatment, then the Awareness Garden Education Committee is interested in helping you plan an educational program in your community. Please contact Kathie Spiegel for more information.
In addition to our community education programs, the Scholarship Committee of the Awareness Garden Board awards scholarships annually each spring to deserving individuals. Their task is challenging as there are many worthy candidates. but the reward is great as the winners share their stories and interest in cancer. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please contact Betsy Jones for more information.
The Awareness Garden Education Committee… who we are and what we do
A few years ago we summarized the efforts of members of the Education Committee in bringing programs about cancer
prevention, detection and treatment to community citizens and groups. We’ve placed articles in the Awareness Garden newsletter on clinical trials, quitting smoking, and genetic testing for cancer risk analysis.We are nurses, nursing professors, cancer survivors and community volunteers, trying to enhance the understanding and well-being of friends and neighbors in central Virginia.
Some of us are Centra registered nurses, providing unique services to newly diagnosed patients experiencing breast or lung cancer. Some are registered nurses providing chemotherapy treatments at Lynchburg Hematology Oncology.Local physicians, radiologists, medical and radiation oncology specialists,oncology nurse practitioners, social workers, therapists and patients have spoken at these programs. We’ve collaborated with Centra Health, the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We’ve hosted various programs for businesses, garden clubs, organizations and churches in Altavista, Appomattox, Bedford, Forest and Lynchburg. We’re eager to offer more programs and welcome the opportunities.
Connie Gunter-Miller shared information about the Awareness Garden with shoppers at the Farm Basket as a part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Our topics have included:
- Improving the Chemotherapy Experience: Understanding, Preparing, Coping and Care
- Life After Breast Cancer: The New You, New Conditions, New Solutions
- Radiation Oncology 2006: Technology, Expertise and Compassionate Care
- Nutrition: Healthy Choices programand dinner for residents of the YWCA in Lynchburg
- Smoking education, a variety of American Cancer Society brochures and other publications are regularly placed in the kiosk at the Awareness Garden for public use
We’re planning more community education efforts and encourage you to contact us if you are interested in a program or informational materials and resources for a community event.
Kathie Spiegel, RN, MS, AOCN
Thank you to all of the students who applied! We re currently reviewing applications and all applicants will be notified of decisions by May 1, with recipients announced at the Spring Brick Dedication on May 19, 2019.
In 2004, the Awareness Garden Scholarship Program was established to help students whose lives have been impacted by cancer or who plan to work in a cancer related field to pursue their educational goals. Over the past seven years over $90,950 has been awarded to deserving individuals who lives have been affected by cancer. Applicants are evaluated on community activities, letters of recommendation, and personal essays in which they reveal how their lives and goals have been affected by cancer. The Awareness Garden Scholarship Committee members then conduct personal interviews with finalists. Their task is challenging as there are many worthy candidates.
On May 20, 2018 the Awareness Garden Foundation awarded our 2018 scholarships to five very deserving students.
Sierra Lewis, Heritage High School
Carrington Anderson, Heritage High School
Jillian Shelton, Lynchburg College
Hannah Maupin, Jefferson Forest High School
Ja’von Reed, Heritage High School
Read the complete Spring 2018 Scholarship Announcement
We would love to have you volunteer! There are many opportunities to prune or plant in the Awareness Garden as well as helping with special events and educational outreach! Please visit us on our Contact Us page and send an email or call to let us know in what area you think you may be able to help! Thank you!