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Beverly Moody shows some of the wigs and other items available in the Hope Room at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Hope Room has new location

Gloria Wilkerson
Staff Writer

One doesn't have to look far to find someone who either has cancer or who has a family member or friend with cancer. The Hope Room was established locally by the Lawrence County Walk of Hope organization to support those going through cancer and cancer treatments.

The Hope Room for Lawrence County residents recently branched out to a second location. Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center now houses Hope Room's main section.

Beverly Moody, WRNRC's human resource executive and a member of the Lawrence County Walk of Hope, said the new location allows someone to be on hand from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and available by phone 24 hours, seven days a week.

"We have wigs, hats, scarves, lap robes, toupees, blankets and more available to cancer patients free of charge," Moody said. "We also have information about support groups and Cancer Care Health Teams who are available around the clock. The room at Lawrence Memorial Hospital is still open and offers information about cancer."

Moody said they have received donations from former Lawrence County residents who have been through treatments and no longer need their wigs or other items. The wigs and hats are professionally cleaned and then given to those who are currently undergoing treatment.

Other services are available by calling Moody at 759-1366.

"Those dealing with cancer and cancer treatments don't have to be so alone," said Moody. "We can be there for patients any hour of the day or night; we're just a phone call away."

Volunteers will come to a patient's home or hospital room any time they are needed, day or night.

"We can sit with someone while they get their hair cut off during chemotherapy, or we can even shave their heads for them if they need us to," Moody said.

Women are not the only ones in need of support. Men in Lawrence County are also battling different types of cancer, including prostate or testicular cancer.

"We can get caps and toupees for them," Moody said. "We can put them in touch with the Lance Armstrong Livestrong Foundation, which provides cancer patients and their families a healthcare team they can call for encouragement and information concerning their cancer and treatments."

According to Moody, money has been set aside for every county in Arkansas for those who don't have insurance or can't afford to pay for a mammogram or prostate screening.

"Anyone in need of those tests can call the Lawrence County Health Department to set up an appointment, "Moody said. "No one should have to worry about being checked for cancer when the testing is free."

Anyone wishing to donate items for Hope Room is encouraged to bring them to the new WRNRC location and drop them off.

Moody is extremely grateful to her boss, Josh Bryan, administrator of WRNRC. "I so appreciate his support and encouragement on this project," Moody said. "He has allowed us to use the room here for our Hope Room and has also supported me in other endeavors in the community.

"I would also like to thank Carrie Mae Snapp of 'imagine' for the very pretty Hope Room sign she donated to us."

Walk of Hope to plan walk

The next Walk of Hope meeting will be held on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Lawrence County Courthouse conference room. This year's fund-raising walk will be discussed, and volunteers are needed to help plan and assist with the event.

The public is invited to attend.

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