Heartwarming support

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 12:32pm

Nurses are always looking out for patients; sometimes they forget to look out for themselves. However, they often look out for one another.

This is exactly the relationship of two nurses on the eighth floor of the Halifax Infirmary building at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. When Sara Carver found out that one of her co-workers had been diagnosed with lung cancer, she challenged her team on 8.4 to raise $200 for their co-worker. It took less than a week before the money came in and Sara held up her end of the deal by shaving her head. That’s without advertising her challenge and without telling patients what she was doing; pretty impressive!

Many 30-year-old women would be concerned with how their hair looks. Sara’s philosophy is, “It’s just hair, it’ll grow back.” It might just be hair to Sara but to her co-worker who was diagnosed, it’s more than monetary support. The other nurses on her floor commend Sara for the bravery and selflessness she has shown by shaving her head.

In total Sara raised $700 of the approximate $900 that was given to support their colleague while she is off. Other ways that the nursing staff on 8.4 have raised money was through other ventures such as bake sales. November was a great month for Sara to shave her head (other than the fact that she must be wearing a lot of hats to keep warm) because November is Lung Cancer awareness month.