ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- This year, SwedishAmerican Health System presented Betty Henry Community Service Awards to two individuals (cancer survivor Rebecca Shaffer and Director of Oncology Services Diane Scoville) and one organization. The award is given annually in honor of Betty Henry, a long-time Rockford area community volunteer who died of cancer in 1994.
In 2002, Rebecca was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. In the years since her initial treatment, she has had two relapses and has dealt with more chemotherapy, radiation and several long-term side effects. Through all of this, her unstoppable spirit and faith have carried her through her fight. In her own words: “Cancer in our family has become a word, not a sentence. It’s just something we are dealing with.” It is that strength that has allowed her to pay it forward.
Rebecca has volunteered for numerous cancer related events, always giving back. She has helped bring National Cancer Survivor’s Day to Rockford in 2006, 2007 and 2008; is an active volunteer for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk; is a Wish Granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation; is a mentor to those recently diagnosed with any cancer; and lastly, in her spare time, is an active member of the SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center Patient & Family Advocacy Committee.
Diane Scoville also was presented with the Betty Henry Community Service Award for her passion and giving of her time to our community. Despite her busy schedule, Diane manages to share time volunteering for many of the Regional Cancer Center events, including the NIP Out Cancer Pickleball tournament, Relay for Life, Making Strides for Breast Cancer, Guys Night Out, SM/SF fundraisers and the Chemo Cargo Golf Day. In addition, she has redeveloped the Patient and Family Advisory Council to serve as a venue for current and former patients, family members and staff to come together to improve programming at the Cancer Center.
The 2012 Betty Henry Corporate Service Award went to Shelly Hall, creator of “Joy Bags,” fabric totes that are filled with notes of encouragement and prayer. To date, the Regional Cancer Center estimates that more than 500 Joy Bags have been give to oncology patients throughout the northern Illinois region.