Patricia A. Kent, MS, RN, CPNP
Nurse Practitioner, MassGeneral Hospital for Children Cancer Center
Nurse practitioner Patricia Kent, MS, RN, CPNP, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Cancer Center excels at guiding children and their parents through life-changing illness.
Patricia helped Matthew Cirelli cope with cancer and keep up with his life as a high school senior determined to graduate and attend his high school prom. Patricia adapted Matthew’s treatment schedule and called to check in on him after cycles of inpatient chemotherapy. “Just what every kid wants — two moms,” Matthew wryly told his mother, Barbara, after Patricia looked in on him during a hospital stay.
“With great kindness as well as wit, humor and patience, Patricia gained Matthew’s trust,” says Barbara. “She understands that it’s hard enough being a teen, let alone having to deal with cancer.”
When first-grader Matt Gerace was diagnosed with leukemia, Patricia visited his school to help his classmates understand what he was going through and pave the way for his return.
“Patricia wanted to know Matt’s total outlook,” says Ron, Matt’s father. “He was studying guitar and playing lacrosse and soccer. She coached him on handling challenges beyond treatment.
“Pediatric cancers affect a child’s sense of well-being. And young children aren’t sure why all this is happening to them. Every day, Patricia sees kids who are facing the ultimate challenge and parents who hang onto her every word. Patricia changed our lives and will always be special to us.”
Help us honor the 2014 one hundredNominate Your Cancer Hero
- Harrison Strickler
- Kathleen Lopez, RN
- Rose M. Watson
- Karen J. Krag, MD
- Mary Philopoulos
- Joshua Sommer
- Linda J. Verville Cancer Research Foundation
- Joel H. Schwartz, MD, FACP
- Comprehensive Grammar School Kids Cancer Club
- Jeanne Griffin Vaughn, NP
- David J. Kuter, MD, Dphil
- Teagan Stedman
- Lazarex Foundation
- Children’s Tumor Foundation
- Moireen and Aaron Ruotsala
- Big Y
- Edwin K. Lamport
- Vicki A. Jackson, MD, MPH
- Donna Karan and the Urban Zen Foundation
- Evangelos S. Gragoudas, MD
- Tyler Jacks, PhD
- George R. Lillie, RN
- Kevin S. Oh, MD
- Nicole McNerney
- Sandra Creamer, RN, OCN, NP, PhD
- Jay S. Loeffler, MD, FACR, FASTRO
- Breast Intentions, Massachusetts Chapter
- Ashley Bonner
- Yovanny Fana
- Dorothy Binford
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.