Nine Things to Be Thankful for at MSK

By Julie Grisham,

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Our staff and volunteers do much more than care for patients’ medical needs. Here’s a list of some of the many ways we try to make people’s lives better.

Fresh Flower Program

Women arrange flowers

The devoted volunteers who run this program place flowers throughout public areas of the hospital as well as in all our new inpatients’ rooms.

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Patient Recreation

Women crafting at a table

Our Patient Recreation Pavilion offers adult patients and their visitors a wide variety of activities, ranging from watercolor painting, origami, and stained glass making to games and musical performances.

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Visible Ink

A man and woman talk at a table

This popular writing program offers MSK patients the opportunity to express themselves with the support of an experienced writing mentor.

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Caring Canines

Two dogs wearing hats.

Since 2007, our dedicated teams of therapy dogs and trained owners and handlers have given some much-needed puppy love to hundreds of people undergoing treatment for cancer at MSK.

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Rising Voices

Women sing at a piano

This chorus — open to all MSK patients, survivors, and caregivers — is our chapter of Something to Sing About, a global network of choirs dedicated to supporting cancer survivors.

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Pediatric Prom

Children dancing

A favorite on our pediatric floor, this annual event allows our youngest patients and their families to dress up, party down, and forget about cancer for a few hours.

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Staff Who Brighten Patients’ Holidays

Smiling man and woman.

We know how tough it can be for our patients to spend time away from their homes and families this holiday season. But we think our generous and caring staff helps make those holidays a little merrier.   

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The Fresh Flowers Program and Pediatric Prom are funded by The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering, a volunteer-led organization within MSK.

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