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July 7, 2010 – Harris, N.Y. – Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) announced today that eight “Kimmie Cares” cancer dolls were recently donated to CRMC’s Oncology Department by Girl Scout Troop 731 of Liberty, N.Y. The dolls will be distributed to patients and their families. The troop, made up of 15 girls ages 8 to 11, sold candy and nuts to raise money to purchase the dolls as part of a Bronze Award project focusing on cancer awareness. The project was initiated because one of the troop’s scouts was diagnosed with leukemia in 2006, increasing awareness of the disease among the group’s members. (The girl’s leukemia is now in remission.) Because of this personal experience, the troop’s members purchased the “Kimmie Cares” dolls to help other children with cancer, as well as children who have a relative receiving cancer treatments. The dolls come with removable hair and scarves so they can reflect the side effects of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. Books called “Mommy & Me” were included with the dolls. Cancer Care at CRMC includes a well-developed oncology program that offers a multidisciplinary team approach combined with quality care. The program continues to be distinguished by the excellent, compassionate care provided to its patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Hematology/Oncology department at 845.794.3300, Extension 3233.

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