Breast Cancer Survivor Gives Back to Botsford Nurses

by Diana Kohler, Manager, Major Gifts, the Botsford Foundation

Diana with Mr. and Mrs. Maxey

Diana (the author, standing) talks with Mr. and Mrs. Maxey before the event to work out the details.

A few weeks ago, Botsford Hospital celebrated Nurses Week to honor and thank the many hard working nurses who make Botsford great. Among the events that week was something new — a seminar,“When Things Don’t Go Quite Right: From Disappointed to Disastrous” focused on giving nurses and other staff members the tools to turn around difficult situations.  Nearly 100 people participated.

The seminar came about because last year a grateful patient and her husband, Karen and Alan Maxey, made a generous gift to establish an annual nursing lecture in gratitude for the excellent care she has received at Botsford Hospital for breast cancer treatment.

Mrs. Maxey, an eight-year breast cancer survivor, opened the

Barbara and Alan Maxey

Barbara Maxey speaks to attendees about her the experience at Botsford that led her to establish the annual nursing lecture as an expression of gratitude.

inaugural seminar by thanking Botsford’s nurses for the care they have given her since her first lumpectomy, years before her cancer diagnosis.  She said, “I was amazed at how deeply compassionate and empathetic the nurses were to me” and told the audience that their efforts to provide excellent patient care are noticed and appreciated.

After the seminar, Mrs. Maxey spoke about that satisfaction that came from seeing the impact of their gift firsthand and from knowing that it will continue to provide meaningful educational opportunities in the future.

It seemed like a perfect end to Nurses Week.

If you’d like to make a gift to Botsford Hospital, visit or call (248) 442-5045.  You can also learn more about cancer care at Botsford, or check out some photos from other Nurses Week celebrations.


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