By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — LRGHealthcare on Tuesday named its Hematology/Oncology unit the Anderson Ganong Cancer Center to honor Lynn Anderson and Brenda Ganong, a pair of courageous patients and steadfast benefactors whose compassion and generosity have sustained patients of the unit for years.
Anderson was diagnosed with cancer in 2000. One day, while being treated, she overheard another patient say that he could not afford the cost of a particular medication. Before the year was out, Lynn and her husband, Jerry, had endowed the Anderson Pharmacy Fund, which has ensured that oncology patients at LRGHealthcare receive the medications they require ever since.
Ganong began a five-year cycle of treatment for cancer at LRGHealthcare in 1998. Moved by the loss of loved ones and her own experience, in 2003 she and her husband staged what is called "Brenda's Ride with Friends: Fighting Cancer One Mile at a Time," a motorcycle trip from the The Weirs to Waterville Valley and back, which takes place every August to raise funds and heighten awareness in support of the effort to overcome cancer.
Marge Kerns, vice president of clinical services, described Anderson and Ganong as "two strong, special ladies" who have supported the oncology program for more than a decade whose spirit is reflected in the decor. The dragonflies, depicted in bold and decisive colors, she said, expressed "power, poise, living in the moment and enjoying life to the full."
"Lynn and Brenda are wonderful," said Sandy Marshall, director of public relations, marketing, philanthropy and volunteer Services. "They help to provide our patients with what they need but what insurance does not provide to ease the strain of their treatment."
Lynn Anderson, left, and Brenda Ganong, center, snip the ribbon to dedicate the Anderson Ganong Cancer Center at LRGHealthcare with encouragement from Marge Kerns, right, vice president of clinical services. (Michael Kitch/Laconia Daily Sun)
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