HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Chemotherapy is not an easy thing to deal with. Every little bit of support helps patients at the Clearview Cancer Institute in Huntsville. WHNT NEWS 19 went there to Pay it Forward to a woman who's doing something to add hope to the difficult process.
On a conference room table at CCI is a basket full of chemo care bags. In them are lemon sticks candy, lotion, chap stick and note pads for patients to take doctor's notes or write things down. They are also filled with love and hope. We surprised the woman who makes them, Karen Lightfoot, with $319.
“Thank you so much, but it's so not about me," responded Lightfoot.
Never wanting attention is how many people see Lightfoot, including Rita Martin, who nominated her. Here is a portion of Martin’s email nomination:
Karen Lightfoot is a very caring and loving person, never bringing attention to what she does, only wanting God's love to shine through her. Pay It Forward would help her with several bags. I feel she is a true example of caring about someone going through tough times and willing to make it better.
“That's so sweet," said Lightfoot, after hearing Martin’s kind words about her.
Lightfoot lost her father to cancer 12 years ago. Since then, she felt compelled to do something to help other cancer patients. A year and a half ago, she decided to act on it and started making the chemo care bags.
“I just think that it's not about me,” explains Lightfoot. “It's all about the patients. I want them to feel loved and to feel like there's some hope and to feel like God loves them."
Lightfoot is loved too as evidenced by the CCI staff members that came by to hug her and present her with a card and bouquet of flowers.
“We just appreciate everything you've done for our patients,” said Teresa Ward, a CRNP with CCI.
It was a way to say thank you for the kindness Lightfoot shows to those going through a tough time and proof that her small act of kindness makes a big impact. Lightfoot says she plans to continue paying it forward by using the $319 to buy supplies. With the money, they'll be able to make around 150 chemo care bags.