LANCASTER, Ohio (October 3, 2013) – Cancer patients and community members will have the opportunity to fire paintballs at Fairfield Medical Center’s temporary Oncology Services building on Oct. 24 as part of a first-time event called Blast Cancer.
The building, located at 214 Harmon Avenue, south of the hospital, will be demolished in 2015 as part of FMC’s facility expansion plan, called Project BRIGHT. During the hours of 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 24, attendees will be provided with a paintball gun to blast color onto the side of the building. The event will include music and free refreshments. Attendees also will be able to purchase a “Blast Cancer” T-shirt, with all proceeds benefiting the Cancer Care Fund of the Fairfield Medical Center Foundation.
“This is an event I feel will rally our cancer patients together,” said Robin Thompson, R.N., supervisor of the chemotherapy department. “I like how it incorporates all the different types of cancers - that was something we really wanted to do with this event.”
The Blast Cancer idea originated from Dr. David Hasl, M.D., FMC surgeon with Central Ohio General Surgeons. He brought it to the attention of FMC’s Cancer Education and Awareness Committee earlier this year and shortly after, a subgroup was formed to begin coordinating the event.
Fairfield Medical Center offers a comprehensive cancer program that is accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. As part of our program, we offer surgical oncology, medical oncology and radiation oncology, as well as support services such as our oncology nurse navigators. The Cancer Resource Center is the newest addition to our cancer care program.