Bridge2Bridge a major success

To the editor:

The 10th annual Bridge2Bridge race took place April 13, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped make this day a huge success. We would especially like to thank the George and Sarah Buchanan Foundation as it has been a loyal and generous supporter of this event since its inception in 2010. We were saddened to hear of George Buchanan’s’ recent passing and send his family our sincerest condolences.

Saturday was a beautiful morning in Danville’s River District, and we were thrilled that the rain held off! Each year we are filled with hope and joy when the Community Market comes to life as people arrive to support those who need it the most. We could not ask for more loyal race participants, sponsors, volunteers and race facilitators who make this event special to so many.

We are proud to report that with the generosity of this community, we were able to procure more than $65,000 for the Danville-Pittsylvania Cancer Association (DPC). That gives us a grand total of more than $400,000 raised over the span of 10 years! These funds allow DPC to assist in fulfilling its mission to help area cancer patients seek treatment for their disease. We registered more than 670 participants and recruited more than 175 enthusiastic and amazing volunteers. The huge smiles on the faces of those who shared this day of celebration with us speaks volumes to the good work that we as a community can do when we work together as one.

Please mark your calendars for the 11th annual Bridge2Bridge race to be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Registration is now open, and we look forward to seeing you next year!

KAREN JOHNSTON

B2B Race Director

WENDY HERMANN

B2B Co-Race Director

NORA MCFADDIN

DPC Executive Director

Great health care in the region

To the editor:

I would like to second Ronnie Newton’s April 19 letter to the editor, “Sovah Danville a treasured asset.” I became extremely ill Dec. 27 and was admitted to Sovah Danville for 13 days, During that time, I underwent X-rays, CTs, VQ scans and had breathing treatments around the clock.

I was unable to eat anything at all and lost 45 pounds during this hospitalization.

I was on 4A the first two days and then transferred to 6A, the Cardiac Step-down Unit. On both floors, I had the most outstanding nursing staff to be found anywhere. Being a nurse myself, I feel I am able to judge the wonderful care I received. Like Newton, I fear trying to name my excellent nurse’s will only lead to unintentional omission of someone’s name. But I just absolutely have to mention a couple of names: Diane, RN, the first night was wonderful to me and Joy Terry, RN, a fine young lady who worked diligently to save my life when I went into congestive heart failure. I give Joy (and the Lord) all of the credit for saving my life on New Year’s Eve. If it had not been for her intervention, I would not be here today to write this letter.

Once discharged from Sovah, I was not able to return home due to weakness and my respiratory status. I went to Roman Eagle Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center for Rehab for 21 days to get my strength back.

I was treated like a queen there. The rehab department is outstanding. Physical and occupational therapists were so kind with a wealth of knowledge. Their special and knowledgeable nurses and nursing assistants give the best care anywhere.

I fear if I attempt to mention any names I may leave someone out, for there were so many wonderful people. But I must thank Norma, RN, April, LPN, Aubrey, LPN and Shakira, CNA. These ladies went out of their way to make me comfortable in any way possible. Words cannot express how grateful I am to those mentioned and all of the others who assisted in my care.

How fortunate Danville is to have a hospital of the caliber we do, with the fine physicians and wonderful nurses we have to provide such excellent care to the citizens when we are at our lowest and sickest.

Thank you all who had a hand in caring for me and most importantly ... a hand in saving my life!

BILLIE WYATT

Danville

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