CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – For some, a cancer diagnosis can be an isolating event. But a group of local cancer survivors is helping newly diagnosed patients not feel so alone with a box of love known as Bonnie Boxes.

Created in memory of cancer warrior Bonnie Acker of Georgia, who passed away in February 2014, each box contains a variety of items to help patients on their first day of chemotherapy.

“We’re just trying to reach out to people with things that help them on that journey so they know there are people who have been down the same road and can help,” said Sue Mummert, a community organizer and member of the Chambersburg Breast Cancer Survivor Support Group.

Boxes contain items like puzzle books, tea bags, socks, lotion, notebooks and pens, decks of cards, a stuffed animal “grumpy buddy” and more. The group expects to deliver 15 to 20 boxes per month.

“It’s so wonderful to see patients helping other patients during a time when they’re looking for comfort, love, and hope,” said Laura J. Umbrell, licensed practical nurse and certified breast patient navigator at Rhonda Brake Shreiner Women’s Center, an affiliate of Summit Health.

Others looking to help can make a monetary donation to the Rhonda Brake Shreiner Women’s Center, Summit Health Center – Building 2, 757 Norland Ave., Suite 103, Chambersburg, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Checks should be made payable to “Chambersburg Hospital” with “Bonnie Boxes” on the memo line.

For more information, please call Laura Umbrell at (717) 217-6747.

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Monday, June 9, 2014
Sue Mummert, left, and Traci Hull, right, members of the Chambersburg Breast Cancer Survivor Support Group, pack a Bonnie Box to give to a new patient undergoing chemotherapy treatment.