FitSteps for Life®: Exercise during cancer treatment can help reduce fatigue, depression, and the side effects of chemotherapy. It can also help improve brain, heart, and lung function, and enhance the body's response to treatment.

What's New in Waco?

Your impact and featured giving opportunities in the Waco region.

Thanks to the generosity of our communities, healthcare in Waco just keeps getting Better.

The Impact of Giving

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

A generous gift by Louise Dolly Cook helped purchase ventilators for the NICU at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Hillcrest to help newborn infants who cannot breathe sufficiently on their own. Mrs. Cook gave in memory of her son who was treated in the NICU as a baby.

“It really is wonderful to know that the families we have partnered with in caring for their baby want to continue to support our work,” says Amanda Truelove, MSN, director of nursing for Women & Children’s Services at Hillcrest.

In addition, employees at Hillcrest generously supported the purchase of Bili lights through the annual Give to Change employee giving campaign. The Bili lights are used in light therapy to treat newborn jaundice.

“It’s so wonderful to see our teammates rally behind each other and our littlest patients through this campaign,” Ms. Truelove says. “We are so grateful.”

Women’s Imaging

A second breast tomosynthesis machine is up and running at Hillcrest thanks to funds raised at the 2019 Silo District Marathon hosted by Magnolia in downtown Waco. The machine uses x-ray images to construct 3D renderings of the breast. This allows physicians to view multiple layers of the breast, helping to fill in the gaps of traditional 2D mammograms and aid in early detection of breast cancer.

Featured Giving Opportunities

Ted & Sue Getterman Wellness Center

With a team of wellness experts and clinicians, the Ted & Sue Getterman Wellness Center offers numerous programs to help citizens achieve and maintain optimal health—including cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, smoking cessation, and wellness programs to help patients with chronic illness manage their symptoms. Many services are available to the public without the need for a physician referral. 

FitSteps for Life®

This free program for cancer patients emphasizes the role exercise plays during and after treatment to help improve quality of life and reduce recurrence of certain cancers by 50%. Certified cancer exercise professionals lead exercise and nutrition programs tailored to each patient based on their fitness level, diagnosis, and personal goals.

Learn More

Please contact Jeremy Ksionda at 254-202-9553.


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