Connections

Stronger together

From a quick glance, you might have thought that Sam Houston Park’s perfectly manicured lawn had turned pink for the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Houston on the morning of Oct. 5. In the sea of pink clothing and accessories, Kelsey-Seybold doctors, staff, and patients stood out, faces beaming, ready to run and walk for a cure.

As a proud race sponsor, Kelsey-Seybold physicians and staff were out early, supporting survivors and their families and passing out cooling towels to race participants at the Kelsey-Seybold booth.

“This means a lot to me and my patients. I’m here to support survivors, the family members of those who have battled breast cancer, and the search for a cure,” said Kelsey-Seybold Plastic Surgeon Dr. Yoav Kaufman before lining up for the race with Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jamal Bullocks.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was especially important for breast cancer survivor Dr. Carminia Davidsohn, Internal Medicine, Cypress Clinic, who recently lost her husband to Parkinson’s disease. Until this year, Dr. Davidsohn was unable to attend the walk, and she held nothing back as the top fundraiser for Team Kelsey. Dr. Davidsohn brought her positive personality, leading the group to the finish.

“I'm overcome with emotion – so happy to have walked Komen’s Race for the Cure with the best team, Kelsey-Seybold!” said Dr. Davidsohn after crossing the finish line. She was joined by her Medical Assistant, Sylvia DeLeon, and Clinic Administrator Caroline Okemwa – both of whom supported her throughout her cancer journey.

Kelsey-Seybold patient and breast cancer survivor Nancy Whitt has always participated in Komen’s Race for the Cure as part of the Kelsey-Seybold team. This year, Nancy carried the Team Kelsey sign across the survivor’s finish line, high-fiving those around her while friends and family cheered.

“Crossing the survivor finish line marks another year of enjoying life stronger and better than ever. I feel incredibly lucky to have had the support of Team Kelsey during my fight and now through my 14 years of remission. It feels good to be a survivor!” Nancy exclaimed.

With 47 employees and patients registered to participate, Kelsey-Seybold was one of the largest corporate teams. Team Kelsey raised $4,611 for breast cancer research.

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Team Kelsey celebrated after distributing 2,000 cooling towels to participants before the race. Front row, left to right: Eryn Earles, participant; Anik Vaillancourt, Pharmacy Infusion Administrator, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; Sophia Chandler, participant; Collin Frank, participant; and Robin Baker, Specialist, Communications and Community Relations, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. Back row, left to right: Cherie Rutkowske, R.N., B.S.N., Oral Chemotherapy Nurse Navigator, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; Hilary Chandler, R.N., B.S.N., Nurse Manager, Cancer Services, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; Zubia Khan, Physician Assistant, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; David Bolkovac, participant; Carminia Davidsohn, M.D., Managing Physician, Kelsey-Seybold’s Cypress Clinic; Edward Guerrero, C.P.H.T., Senior Pharmacy Purchasing Agent, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; and Jackie Baker, participant.

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Front row, left to right: Anik Vaillancourt, Pharmacy Infusion Administrator, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; Hilary Chandler, R.N., B.S.N., Nurse Manager, Cancer Services, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; Sophia Chandler, participant; Collin Frank, participant; Cherie Rutkowske, R.N., B.S.N., Oral Chemotherapy Nurse Navigator, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; Sylvia Leyva, Certified Medical Assistant II, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; Elizabeth Tipton, Insurance Verification Specialist I, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; Carminia Davidsohn, M.D., Managing Physician, Kelsey-Seybold’s Cypress Clinic; Jackie Baker, participant; Caroline Okemwa, R.N., M.S.N., Nurse Supervisor II, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; Nancy Whitt, participant; and Zubia Khan, Physician Assistant, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. Back row, left to right: Eryn Earles, participant; Nancy Salazar Martinez, Insurance Verification Specialist I, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; Lilliana Puente, Executive Health Patient Specialist II, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; Ani Altounian, Health Plan Clinical Pharmacist II, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; and Dickran Altounian, participant.
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