DEDHAM, Mass. – Nancy McNally was all smiles when she rang the bell to signal the end of her radiation therapy at Mass General Hospital last spring. “We have the same oncology team. I went back to Mass General because I liked their oncologist and wanted to get the same treatment, ”she said.
Nancy and her twin sister, Michelle Zaniboni, are both breast cancer survivors. Nancy was diagnosed about a year ago, Michelle was diagnosed ten years ago. “I’m doing awesome. The fact that I’m 10 years old and it was aggressive breast cancer and it was reaching my lymph nodes, all my lymph nodes had been taken out of me, is actually pretty much a miracle that I am doing wonderfully, ”Michelle said.
The 51-year-old sisters, who grew up in Walpole, received so much support from family, friends and colleagues during their treatments that they said they were determined to help others. So, in May, they started a nonprofit charity called Sisters United Against Cancer. https://www.sistersunitedagainstcancer.org/.
Their mission is to help cancer patients with the things they need during and after treatment, including gift baskets. Each basket is custom made and may include items like gasoline and grocery gift cards.
The foundation will also provide basic knitting kits for those who want to use knitting to occupy their mind and body during treatment, thanks to three alpacas that Nancy recently purchased for her farm in Vermont.
“Right now we’re doing incredibly well and again, it’s about giving back and giving forward by loving others because we had so much love and support that now is the time to give back. ” Nancy said.
Sisters United Against Cancer also provides resources for any questions cancer patients or their families may have.
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