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Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo

CINCINNATI (Sheila Gray) -- Local cancer patients are getting some new support in the fight against the disease.

Volunteers are pitching in to improve the surroundings at UC's Barrett Cancer Center. 

Karen Sacksteder, a breast cancer survivor, said, "I think once you've been touched by cancer, it's very important if you can give back. It heals me if I can help you."

Karen Sacksteder and both of her sisters fought breast cancer and beat it with help from UC's Barrett Cancer Center.  Now the interior designer is paying it forward by helping an important project there:  transforming the chemotherapy center.

It's the first Cincinnati project by Rooms That Rock-4-Chemo.  Photos give you an idea of just how beautiful and tranquil these rooms can look.  And doctors say improving the physical environment can affect a patient's healing process in a positive way.

Dr. Kevin Redmond of the UC Health Center said, "These treatments, while they're necessary, can be very difficult for the patient.  So anything you can do to make the patient feel better, to look more forward to coming in to complete treatment, is monumentally helpful."

All aspects of the design work to transform these rooms will be done by volunteers, but donations are needed for things like the flooring, furniture, infusion pumps, and infusion chairs for the chemotherapy.  Karen can't wait to see her design work helping other cancer patients fighting to survive.

She tells us, "I want them to feel that you're going to be taken care of, that people care, and just inspire them to get better."

While the beautiful rooms won't cure cancer, they are sure to make the treatment experience more peaceful for the patients who have to use them.

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