Regional Cancer Center ~ Erie, PA

Orinda Pulice makes sure to tell patients that their hair will grow back.

Volunteer - Orinda Pulice

Orinda Pulice makes sure to tell patients that their hair will grow back.

Orinda Pulice makes sure to tell patients at the Regional Cancer Center that their hair will grow back. She knows; she lost hers while undergoing breast cancer treatment in the 1980s and again in 2003. Hearing such reassurance can help.

“It’s trying when you get that diagnosis,” the 77-year-old Millcreek resident said.

A retired personal caregiver, Pulice was a member of the RCC’s very first training class for volunteers in 1990, learning about her duties and the strict importance of patient confidentiality. Now, so many years later, she continues volunteering at the RCC, where both her husband and her daughter have been patients as well. She enjoys visiting with patients, sharing her story in the hopes that it will help them to feel better.

“I always tell them, too, how fortunate we are to have this facility in Erie,” Pulice said.

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