Jenny's Dragon Boat Page
I have worked on 5D, the inpatient oncology unit at Greenville Memorial, for almost 10 years. Before this time, I had not had an extensive amount of experience with cancer. My grandmother passed away from ovarian cancer before I was born and I was robbed of the chance to know her. My uncle passed away from kidney cancer while I was in college. I witnessed his fight from afar, for the most part, while he was treated in Savannah and in Texas. I had not had to deal with the day in and day out battles cancer causes until I came to work here.
I started my career in science. I began working in a genetics diagnostic lab, from there I came to GHS to work in a cancer research lab, where we worked to "turn off" cancer genes, from there, I worked as a patient care technician on 5D while in nursing school, and now, finally a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy nurse on 5D. As inpatient cancer nurses, we have been sounding boards for patients who do not want to "burden" their families with their inner struggles. We have been cheerleaders for patients who need a boost in confidence that they can fight this disease. We have been a shoulder to cry on for many family and friends who have lost loved ones. We never know what role we will take on when we come in to work each day, but that is one of the things I love about my job.
This will be my 10th year participating in the Upstate Dragon Boat Festival, my 6th year as part of Team Xavier, with 4 of those years as captain of Team Xavier. Last year my passion for my job as a cancer nurse, my patients, and for dragon boat was recognized as I was inducted into the Dragon Boat Hall of Fame.
I would not normally promote watching a video of me but I encourage you to see why I paddle...
Why we all paddle...
Help Team Xavier in supporting cancer patients in the Upstate by donating to the 13th annual Dragon Boat Upstate Festival. By making a donation in support of Team Xavier, you help provide vital cancer research and survivorship programs to cancer patients in our community. So many of us have been touched by cancer in some way and this event provides a way for us to honor and remember patients and loved ones that have faced or continue to face the disease. Make a gift to Team Xavier and know that you are making a difference to cancer patients right here in the Upstate.
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