These holiday cards are all for one special boy in Waterloo, Iowa.
Oliver “Ollie” Palmer, 10, suffers from Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a rare, aggressive pediatric brainstem tumor. He is at home with his family on hospice care.
His Christmas wish is to receive as many Christmas cards as he can.
Through a friend of a friend, Oncology Clinical Supervisor Ashley Johnston heard about Ollie’s request and set out to help make his wish come true.
She spread the word around the hospital and online. On December 19, she and Supportive Care Coordinator Dorreen Rardin were in the oncology conference room where more than 150 cards to Ollie sat on the table.
“We always try to look for ways we can help our patients,” Johnston said. “He’s not one of our patients, but still, we wanted to help.”
Staff members from every corner of Boone Hospital Center had signed cards and sent them to Boone’s oncology floor, where they were placed in envelopes Johnston had addressed by hand.
“It’s just a little thing we can do to make a difference in a patient’s life,” Rardin said.
Learn more about Ollie at: http://oliverpalmer.blogspot.com/