Kathleen Blais, RN, BS, OCN
“Some cancer patients say their cancer was a blessing. Not me. However, the Mass General infusion nurse who accompanied me on my journey with stage IV breast cancer has been a blessing. Kathy Blais emanates quiet compassion, and she is as warm and positive with my loved ones as she is with me, educating and reassuring us every step of the way.
Kathy combines vigilant care with a sense of fun. When we met for my first infusion, she determined that my port-a-catheter had been implanted just two days before. She calmly stopped and verified that sufficient time had elapsed before the infusion. I took a stuffed animal, “Lester, the Unchicken Chicken,” to every infusion. One day I left Lester behind. Fearing its loss, Kathy, who was leaving for vacation, took Lester along. She brought back a photo album showing Lester by a pool, wearing sunglasses and riding in a Jeep.
Twelve months after my diagnosis, I had an emergency hospitalization. After her long day of work, Kathy visited me, her radiant smile again reassuring me.”
— Debbera Drake
- Linda J. Verville Cancer Research Foundation
- Cristina R. Ferrone, MD
- Tim Cummings, MSW, LICSW
- Uniting Against Lung Cancer
- James C. Cusack Jr., MD
- Tina Capodilupo Journeay
- Julia Hincman-Francavilla, MS, RD, LDN, CSO
- Barry Lipsett & Charles River Apparel
- Kathleen Murphy
- Ashley Bonner
- Brian N. Napolitano
- James E. Bradner, MD
- Amy S. Colwell, MD, FACS
- Breast Intentions, Massachusetts Chapter
- Genetic Counselors
- Sandra Creamer, RN, OCN, NP, PhD
- Phyllis McNally
- George R. Lillie, RN
- David J. Kuter, MD, Dphil
- St. Mary’s High School Baseball Team
- Kathleen Quinn, RN, BSN, OCN
- Melissa Skolny, MSHA, Cynthia Miller; Lauren Jammallo; Jean O’Toole, PT, MPH
- David E. Fisher, MD, PhD
- Patricia A. Kent, MS, RN, CPNP
- Nancy and Richard Kelleher
- Kevin S. Oh, MD
- The Sue de Vries Cancer Foundation
- Ann Murray Paige
- Dell, Inc.
- Kathy Giusti
Mass General honors 100 individuals and groups for their diverse contributions to the fight against cancer.
There is strength in numbers and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center proves this each year. the one hundred is the Cancer Center’s annual fundraiser, honoring 100 individuals and groups whose diligence and discoveries, philanthropy and passion have helped advance the fight against cancer. Funds raised at the gala support research, patient care, education and community outreach programs. Meet the Honorees.