Eagle Scout delivers hand-crafted scarves for cancer patients
By VIRTUA HEALTH, Marlton
Eagle Scouts are required to complete a rigorous project before their 18th birthday. These projects must include leadership, planning and a caring heart. Jordan Falciani has shown all of these qualities to complete his unique project.
Jordan, a Mount Laurel resident, managed to raise $800 from a bowl-a-thon he organized to buy supplies needed to create scarves for cancer patients at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly. To his surprise, he raised twice as much as he anticipated. Armed with the funds they needed, friends and family helped Jordan sew more than 200 scarves.
"The support I received from everyone was unbelievable," said Jordan. "It was a really important part of this project."
Jordan's mother, Karen Falciani, a cancer survivor, inspired Jordan to do this particular project. "I saw the bandanas helped her so much," Jordan said. "It wasn't just the treatment that made her better, but how she felt about herself that was just as important."
Karen is very proud of her son for doing this for cancer patients. "This was important to me because it's something he recognized on his own and wanted to make people feel good about themselves," she said.
Jordan recently delivered the scarves as well as DVDs which he purchased with the extra money he raised, to the nurses of the hematology-oncology department. Stephen Kolesk, M.D., Vice President and COO at Virtua Memorial was one of the many people who joined the gathering to show appreciation for Jordan's hard work and kind heart.
"We really appreciate everything you have done," Kolesk said to Jordan. "On behalf of the patients, we sincerely thank you for your efforts and your kindness."
Jordan has had the ability to touch many people with his selflessness and caring heart. "I think it's important to see that it's not about how much money you make, but how you spend it," he said.
Virtua Health is a comprehensive healthcare system headquartered in Marlton. A non-profit organization, Virtua employs 7,800 clinical and administrative personnel, and approximately 1,800 physicians serve as medical staff members.
For more information, visit www.virtua.org or call (888) 847-8823.