Dyngus Day parties were thrown all over the area to celebrate the Polish holiday, and on Monday, a group of cancer patients celebrated life right where they fight for it.
The Michiana Hematology Oncology Advanced Center for Cancer Care used polka to life the spirits of their patients.
“This is not an easy place to come,” said Victoria Robards, a medical assistant at the facility, “We’d like to bring some smiles to these patients when they come in and we thought, why not, let’s celebrate Dyngus Day!”
And celebrate is exactly what they did. With a live band, JT Buffets, playing everything from traditional polka music to the island favorites of Jimmy Buffet for patients as they set through hours of chemotherapy. One of the band members is actually a patient himself and jumped at the opportunity to donate his time to play.
“Attitude is huge in this, it's all mental, if you have the spirit and know you want to fight for your life this is where you need to be and we can make it happen,” said Robards.
For patients like Colleen Olund the music and entertainment is a nice distraction.
“I kind of looked around and saw toes tapping and humming and movement with the and so I do think it lifts your spirits, makes time go much faster, so it’s all good stuff, very nice that they provide this,” said Olund.
The center’s resident dietitian created a special menu for patients, which included mild sausage, eggs and cookies.
Michiana Hematology Oncology’s network of advanced centers for cancer care is the largest cancer care organization in northern Indiana.