"I can't thank you enough for your generosity, kindness and solidarity to fellow men and women in suffering. The "Norris" blank warmer is a fantastic idea. As I said, you are a beacon of light, hope and success in the fight against cancer and suffering. Keep up with the outstanding work."
Lucio N. Gordan MD
Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute
Clinical Informatics & Quality Divisions
Make a Difference Foundation is committed to providing critically needed commercial blanket warmers to Florida Cancer Specialists, the largest independent medical oncology/hematology practice in the U.S., operating 90 cancer centers in the state of Florida and administering over 1 million patient visits each year.
It is not unusual for patients undergoing chemotherapy to experience feeling excessively and painfully cold during and following treatment. This 'freezing' is believed to be a side effect of treatment lowering the body's white blood cell count. Platelets are one of the three kinds of blood cells that circulate oxygen throughout the human body. If there are not enough of them, the body doesn't get enough oxygen, which means anemia can develop, causing a patient to feel cold, among other side effects. Loss of weight and iron deficiency which may result from chemo can also contribute to the body's inability to generate heat.
Foundation co-founder Dave Norris learned this firsthand when he underwent chemotherapy to combat stomach cancer. The unrelenting sensation of cold which caused him to dress in multiple layers and even wear mittens in the middle of Florida's hot summer, is an experience he is committed to help mitigate for other cancer patients.
Make a Difference Foundation is working to achieve our goal of raising $250,000 in funds to purchase and equip 55 chemotherapy centers in Florida Cancer Specialists' care network which currently do not have commercial blanket warming systems.
Make a Difference Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
WE ARE VERY PROUD TO PARTNER WITH THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS ON THIS INITIATIVE
Commercial Blanket Warmers Supplied by MACMEDICAL and distributed by Future Health Concepts, Inc. (Sanford, Florida)