As an advanced practice nurse caring for patients of Ascension Via Christi's Transitional Care clinics and programs, Heather Heiman knows how daunting that living with chronic disease can be.
So she could not be any prouder of her daughter, Ellie, and her fellow Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School cheerleading team members, who recently took the initiative to spread some "cheer."
The squad delivered handmade cards and goodies for patients cared for by Community Cares, an Ascension Via Christi program that provides home-based care to patients with chronic pulmonary disease.
"So many in our community are feeling increased stress and isolation due to COVID-19, but that's particularly true for patients living with chronic disease," says Alison Hodge, who manages the Transitional Care programs. "Their vulnerability to infection makes them scared and requires them to isolate longer than others to ensure their safety.
"It is such an inspiration for young people to think about those who are the most vulnerable in our community."