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Donations help fund comfort kits for Roswell Park patients

Patients admitted to Roswell Park Cancer Institute now receive comfort kits to help improve their stay.

It's the first time that Roswell has offered such kits to inpatients during the admission process.

The kits include a toiletry bag to hold the patient's personal items, ear plugs, earphones for television or computer, a sleep mask, notepad and pens, mints, and natural personal care products from the Elmwood Village shop Renew Bath and Body. Also tucked in the kit is a stuffed animal used as a reminder to patients to call a nurse before getting out of bed.

Patients visiting the breast and gynecology clinics also are invited to pick up kits especially tailored to them in the Breast and GYN Resource Center, located on the first floor of the Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center. Chemotherapy orientation bags with educational materials and items to ease common discomforts experienced during treatment are prepared for those starting chemotherapy treatments.

The items included in the kits were carefully chosen to address patient feedback and to compliment patient safety initiatives, Roswell officials said.

The kits were funded by a $24,000 quality of life grant and gifts to Roswell Park, including donations to the Ride for Roswell and support from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.

Roswell has distributed an average of more than 80 kits per month since the program began.

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