Cancer Celebration Bells Available For Free. So Why No Takers?
The bells let cancer patients celebrate the end of treatment. So why is this non-profit having trouble placing them?
Our friend Larry Bridges called the other day with a problem and needed our help solving it. Larry has five -- potentially fifteen -- "Celebration Bells" that he'd love to donate, but he can't find cancer clinics or hospital cancer treatment centers that will accept them.
Sparkt fans will remember Larry and his Another Shoulder organization from our Sparkt Bridges story back in February. That's him above, from our story, donatng a bell to Oncologist Dr. Vincent Reyes at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at St. Clair Hospital, south of Pittsburgh.
Larry is a cancer survivor and gives back by raising money, buying Celebration Bells, and donating them. Cancer patients ring the bells at the end of their cancer treatments, just like he did at the end of his chemotherapy.
"I have to get 50 bells in," said Larry with a sense of urgency when he called Sparkt. When we first met Larry nine months ago, placing 50 bells was his goal for 2019. It's October he's only dontated 25. Most of them are in the Pittsburgh area where Another Shoulder is based.
Larry & his group have placed 25 bells, but they have more to give.
Larry has been able to place bells in hospitals elsewhere in Pennsylvania, like Erie, Harrisburg, Altoona and Johnstown, and as far away as Florida (2), California (1), and Connecticut (2). But placing bells in markets where no one has heard of Another Shoulder has been tough. "I just want these people in these hospitals to realize what I'm doing, and say 'hey we want a bell,'" said Larry.
Larry is as determined as ever to get his bells into more cancer centers and reach that 50 bell goal for 2019. He has bells, just waiting for new homes. "It's a sign of hope." he explained while talking about the impact of the bells. "It means a lot to the individuals who ring that bell. I know what it meant to me."
"I've seen where there were tears, there's now joy." --Larry Bridges
If you're interested in contacting Larry about getting one of the Cancer Celebration Bells, you can reach him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're a cancer patient whose treatment facility doesn't have a bell, why not suggest they look into it?