Nine Things to Be Thankful for at MSK


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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Touch Therapy

Woman giving a massage

Massage therapy and other touch therapies offered at MSK can help improve physical functioning and promote relaxation and well-being.

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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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Musicians on Call

Man walking with guitar

This volunteer organization brings professional musicians into the hospital to perform for patients at their bedsides.

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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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Just a quick comment on the excellent care I received when I was there two weeks ago...Courtney and Melissa my nurses on the 15th floor went beyond the call of duty to make my stay at Sloan feel like they really cared for me...THe whole staff was great but I just feel these two nurses really made the difference in such a difficult time. What a great bunch of nurses and staff you have...

Dear Steve, thank you very much for your kind words. Best wishes to you!