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News : Health Jul 30, 2019 - 3:19:37 AM

Surgical Staff Supports Nurse Fighting Cancer in “Shave of Solidarity”

By Stanislaw Facial Plastic Surgery Center

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Dr Paul Stanislaw and the entire staff at Stanislaw Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Avon shaved their heads to support co-worker Patty Ferguson who is battling cancer for the second time. From left: Patty Ferguson, Mona Norfleet, Debra Kehoe and Julie Brookman. (contributed photo)
AVON, CT - Nurse Patty Ferguson wasn’t surprised when she started losing her hair due to chemotherapy treatment for an aggressive form of cancer. But she was shocked when all of her co-workers at Stanislaw Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Avon shaved their heads in solidarity with their beloved friend.

“I started losing my hair this week, so I asked Julie, the esthetician at our office who is also a hairdresser, to bring in her clippers to just shave it all off,” said Ferguson, 54 of Wethersfield. “I wanted to control at least one part of this process and wanted to be surrounded by my work family.”

Dr. Paul Stanislaw was so inspired watching Patty’s bravery, that he jumped into the chair to have his hair buzzed off as well. Then in a beautiful “shave of solidarity”, the rest of the employees followed suit. Not to be excluded, employee Mona Norfleet came in to the office to get her head shaved as she is out on medical leave herself after suffering injuries in a car accident.

“We all wanted to show Patty how much she means to us and we are here for her every step of the way,” explained Dr. Stanislaw. “We admire her positive attitude and know she is going to beat this.”

Videos of everyone getting their head’s shaved can be viewed at Ferguson also recorded a “post shave” video explaining what happened and voicing her love and gratitude for the support.

Patty is being treated for Primary Mediastinal (Thymic) Large B-cell Lymphoma. Her treatment will require 96 straight hours of in-patient IV chemotherapy called R-EPOCH every three weeks over an 18-week period.

Practice Administrator Debra Kehoe said “It’s just hair. All we care about is Patty getting better. Lots of tears going on around here in the last 24-hours for sure!”

The team established a GoFundMe page to help Ferguson and her family financially

Stanislaw Facial Plastic Surgery Center, led by Board Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Paul Stanislaw, MD, specializes exclusively in the artistry of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery to erase the signs of aging and reveal a more beautiful appearance. The entire practice is dedicated to cosmetic enhancement of the face, head, and neck through the use of both surgical and non-surgical procedures, injectables, spa treatments and medical grade skincare products. The practice is located at 35 Nod Rd. Suite 204 in Avon, CT. To schedule a consultation visit or call 860 409-1515.

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