Brothers Provided Turkeys to James Graham Brown Cancer Center Patients


James Graham Brown Cancer Center

Alex Gift shook the hand of Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic patient Todd Beasley at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

Patients receiving treatment at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic, part of KentuckyOne Health, received a special Thanksgiving surprise from a local family Nov. 27.

Two brothers, Alex and Tommy Gift, lost their mother to a 20-plus-year battle with cancer. In her memory, they established the Mary Jane Gift Quality of Life Fund. The brothers joined with Cesar Rodriguez, MD, a physician on the bone marrow transplant unit at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center and an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Louisville, to distribute turkeys to more than twenty patients receiving care at the Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Clinic, just in time for the holiday.

Patients at the BMT Clinic are battling blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma.

“This is truly a blessing,” said BMT patient Todd Beasley. “We have always been treated like family at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The care and emotional support is first class and it’s another reason we are thankful this year.”

“Cancer treatment can be costly and leave many families with little resources during the holidays,” Dr. Rodriguez said. “We are thankful for the support of the Gift family to help provide turkeys, the centerpiece of a Thanksgiving meal, to our patients during this holiday season.”

The Mary Jane Gift Quality of Life Fund was established this year to provide funds to help improve the lives of patients undergoing cancer treatment and their families. Money from the fund may be used for family entertainment, transportation to/from the cancer center for treatment, assistance in covering household expenses and other expenses that can cause undue hardship on patients and their families.

“We experienced how cancer treatment can impact a family throughout my mother’s illness,” Alex Gift said. “Establishing this fund in her memory is our way of giving back to those who supported us and helping improve the lives of others battling cancer.”