UALR-CI’s Paula Rodgers and After School Kids Bring Holiday Cheer to UAMS Cancer Patients

UALR-CI’s own Paula Rogers, along with children from Wilson Elementary’s Kids Club after school program brought holiday cheer to some lucky patients at the UAMS Cancer institute.  Every year the students complete a community service project, and this year the students chose to decorate holiday coasters, bringing joy to cancer patients undergoing infusion treatment at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

The holiday coasters were inspired by Paula Rogers, who is herself a two-time breast cancer survivor and an Education Manager at UALR.  “Words can’t express the gratitude I felt when I was a patient at on the receiving end, just to know someone was thinking of me.  When the time came for our Community Service Project, it was on my heart to do the same for the other patients undergoing treatment during the holidays.”

Attached to each coaster was a holiday card, each with words of encouragement, but the kids were even more encouraged.  Tackling the task with as much holiday excitement as they could muster, the kids dove right in and really did a great job.  Fifth graders Felix (5th grade), Asija & Tyler (4t) and Kimia (3rd) joined Ms. Rogers in delivering the coasters to the institute where they were graciously received.  About 70 students from second to the fifth grade participated in the project.  Tyler was all smiles as he ended the day saying “We just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas”.

Over 1.5 million new cancer cases are diagnosed ever year.  The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute offers comprehensive medical treatment driven by state-of-the-art research to patients from every Arkansas county, all 50 states and about 40 foreign countries.  For more information visit

Tameka Riley
Communications Consultant
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
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