YOUR GIFT HELPS THE CENTER FOR CANCER CARE
At The Center for Cancer Care at Sherman Health, the edge in the fight agains cancer comes from partnership. From pulling together all the right pieces — the people, the technology, the resources — that allow us to care for patients with incredible expertise and compassion. And to do it all within a healing environment that’s close to where you live, and close to the people and things that make this place home.
To us, that’s how you create the best possible outcomes and opportunities for success.
At the Center for Cancer Care at Sherman Health, we come together every day to build powerful partnerships — with patients, clinicians and community — to give you the leading-edge clinical services, and the invaluable emotional support that guides you through every aspect of your care.
From our collaboration with the University of Chicago Medical Center for world-class radiation oncology, to our partnership with the American Cancer Society for patient support programs, to our advanced research and technology, we provide everything you need to heal — right here in your home community.
Dick is a resident of Hoffman Estates, husband, father of three grown children and grandfather to one. He spent his working career in education as a principal of eight different schools in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has always been a devoted Cubs fan, enjoys watching and owning race horses and since retiring, travels frequently.
Dick’s experience with Sherman Hospital began in 2007 when he was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colon Cancer, needing surgery and chemotherapy. Because of his insurance, Dick he was required to go to Sherman for treatment. Before being diagnosed, Dick had never heard of Sherman Hospital or even Elgin, IL. Now, four years later and cancer free, he is a regular volunteer in the Cancer Care Center and says that “having to go to Sherman is the best thing that ever happened to him.”
Having worked in the public sector his entire career, Dick never felt the desire to be back in the public sector after retiring and never wanted to volunteer anywhere. But after his experience with Sherman he says that “volunteering for the hospital that he owes his life to is the least he can do.” So, every Wednesday morning Dick can be found in the Cancer Care Center talking with patients while they receive hours of treatment, providing them with the compassion and companionship he so valued when he was a patient.
Dick experienced many hospitals in his life personally and with family members, he says that Sherman is very different because of the people. “they care, this hospital has feelings.” All the staff are positive, professional and are experts in their fields. He felt comfortable trusting the nurses and doctors; throughout his treatment he never questioned them. Always having the same nurse provided consistency and put him at ease in a less than desirable situation. The staff became like a second family to Dick.
Dick recognizes that treating cancer is a team effort involving the nurses, the doctors and the patient’s family and is proud to be part of the Sherman team!