In 2011, Jodie Seffner, a nurse in the Surgical ICU at Rush University Medical Center was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and given 6 months to live. At that time Jodie had three small children and would fight a long 3-year battle. We are proud to say she was able to attend the first Nurses Helping Nurses event before she passed away in 2014. A tree was planted in her honor on Rush University Medical Center campus.
A year later, in 2012, Karen O’Connor another Surgical ICU nurse was diagnosed with liver cancer. Karen unfortunately passed away shortly after her diagnosis, leaving behind three young children as well. After Karen passed away, Nurses Helping Nurses funded a Nursing Scholarship at her alma mater in Michigan.
Jodie and Karen’s experiences and dedication inspired other nurses to rally around each other and eventually lead to the creation of Nurses Helping Nurses.
Since that time we are proud to say we have helped over 60 healthcare workers and their families during times of tragedy. The only reason we are able to continue offing support to healthcare professionals and their families is thanks to donations from supporters like you.