Henry Family Donates $104,000 To Memorial Foundation

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Charles Portera, M.D.; Terry Henry, husband; Mina Trinos, infusion center manager; Jenni Giannourakis, daughter; Delores Haynie, sister; and Elvie Smith, nursing director
Charles Portera, M.D.; Terry Henry, husband; Mina Trinos, infusion center manager; Jenni Giannourakis, daughter; Delores Haynie, sister; and Elvie Smith, nursing director

The family of Danette Henry presented a check to the Memorial Health Care System Foundation for $20,546. The funds were raised during the sixth annual Danette Henry Memorial Golf Tournament. To date, the Henry family has donated more than $104,000.

Ms. Henry battled ovarian cancer for five and a half years, losing her battle in January 2008.  After her death, the family wanted to help other cancer patients and their families, rather than just focusing on the loss of Ms. Henry.

“Our family would like to thank the foundation at Memorial and all of our contributors for their continued support in helping us raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer,” said Jenni Giannourakis, daughter of Ms. Henry. “We know firsthand how difficult and exhausting cancer treatment can be. Because of our experience, we wanted to a way to help ease the journey of other cancer patients and their families.”

In 2012, the Danette Henry Family Waiting Oasis opened in Memorial’s Joseph H. and Alice E. Davenport Outpatient Infusion Center. The Oasis provides families and friends of cancer patients a comfortable, calming environment to relax while patients receive infusion therapy.

The annual tournament is held in Cleveland, to raise money for the fund and increase awareness of ovarian cancer.  Additionally, those wanting to advance Memorial’s treatment of all types of cancer may make contributions to the Danette Henry Ovarian Cancer Fund.

For information about giving opportunities at Memorial, visit www.memorial.org/foundation.



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