Nourishing Recovery

Nourishing Recovery, The LouAnn Flick Memorial Fund was established to support two of LouAnn’s passions – supporting cancer patients undergoing treatment and nutrition. Proper nourishment can have a significant impact on a patient’s well-being and quality of life while undergoing treatment. The nutrition counseling offered to patients through the dieticians at the Center for Community Wellness is an excellent resource for patients to receive advice and support for making good nutritional decisions during and after treatment.

Who was LouAnn Flick?

LouAnn FlickFor Louise Ann (LouAnn) Flick, nourishing others was truly a way of life. Whether it was nourishment from food cooked with love, her contagious smile, or her heartfelt and empathetic words, she exemplified the meaning of selflessness, constantly putting the feelings and needs of others before her own, no matter what the circumstance. She had a genuine concern for others, especially those who were facing tough times.

LouAnn graduated from Seton Hill College in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dietetics. She completed her Master’s Degree in Dietetics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1996. She worked for 35 years as a Territory Business Manager and was a Registered Dietician, working with infant health care professionals to address the nutritional needs of children from infants to toddlers.

In 1996, LouAnn was diagnosed with breast cancer and after surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, it went into remission a year later. She was cancer free for 13 years until being diagnosed with primary peritoneal cancer (a form of ovarian cancer) in 2010.

After four courageous years of treatment and surgeries, LouAnn passed away on December 13, 2014 at home surrounded by her family. Including her husband, Alan, and children, Amanda (Andrew), Mike (Lauren), and Alex.

LouAnn’s family is indebted to the dedicated professionals at the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute and Hospice of Crawford County for the compassionate, attentive, and expert care she received. Meadville is truly blessed to have these organizations as part of the community. Nourishing Recovery, The LouAnn Flick Memorial Fund was established to support two of LouAnn’s passions – supporting cancer patients undergoing treatment and nutrition. Proper nourishment can have a significant impact on a patient’s well-being and quality of life while undergoing treatment. The nutrition counseling offered to patients through the dieticians at the Center for Community Wellness is an excellent resource for patients to receive advice and support for making good nutritional decisions during and after treatment.

How are Funds Used?

Nourishing Recovery Fund for cancer patientsThe funds donated to Nourishing Recovery will be distributed to patients undergoing cancer treatment who are in need of nutritional counseling services but do not otherwise have access to cover the cost of such counseling. The nutritional counseling is provided by registered dieticians from the Center for Community Wellness and will serve to help patients make adjustments to their nutritional intake in order to improve the patient’s quality of life and well-being while undergoing treatment.

For more information about the nutritional counseling services this fund supports, please contact Betsy Brown, Director of Oncology Services, at the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute.

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