BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY –
Recently, Mayor George McKee signed a proclamation declaring July 28 as Clarice’s Room of Hope day.
The proclamation acknowledged Clarice Tisher, mother of Teena Brown, who was diagnosed with cancer and received assistance at the Donald Reynolds Cancer Support House. She knew of so many in Mena that could benefit from the service. Teena promised her mother that she would see what she could do and although Clarice didn’t live to see it happen, she lives on through Teena and the volunteer support offered to other cancer patients through Clarice’s Room of Hope.
Clarice’s Room of Hope is an established non-profit organization in Mena offering assistance to patients and caregivers in Polk County and the surrounding area who are fighting against cancer. Clarice’s provides several services to cancer patients including gas cards for out of town doctor visits, volunteer transportation to doctor appointments, fitting for wigs, hats, and scarves, just to name a few.
Clarice’s Room of Hope Cancer Support Group known as “The Gathering” meets the last Monday of every month at Clarice’s Room of Hope, located at 403 Morrow St. N Suite C, at 6:00 P.M. All those affected by cancer, whether it be the cancer survivor, family, caregiver, or friend, are welcome.
The mission of the organization is, “At Clarice’s Room of Hope, we strive to strengthen mind and body by providing services that boost the self-worth of cancer patients; we do our best to help our clients enjoy their lives to the fullest while they undergo the medical treatments that lead them to recovery! Unlike many foundations, Clarice’s Room of Hope can keep its administrative costs to a fraction of 1% of its total contributions, due to the generous professionals who support its vital cause at no cost, and the countless volunteer hours provided by caring champions of the foundation. Therefore, donations are used for their intended purpose; to help individuals in need.”
Mayor McKee signed the proclamation and in doing so recognized July 28th as Clarice’s birthday and acknowledge Teena, along with the many volunteers from their group. Saturday, July 29th, Teena and the organization will celebrate this special day with a balloon release, music, and light refreshments to be held at the Train Depot on Sherwood Avenue from 5-8 p.m. “This celebration is not just a time to honor those family members or friends who have passed, but to honor and celebrate those that continue to fight against cancer and for those who have won. We invite cancer patients, survivors, and their family and friends or caregivers to attend the celebration with us,” says Teena Brown.
Teena can be reached at 479.234.3215, Teenabrown@att.net, or on Facebook. For more information about services provided by Clarice’s, go to http://www.claricesroom.org/.