The Compass - Fort Worth The Compass, Summer 2019

SUMMER 2019 Keeping the Old West Alive Stockyards legend faced the fight of her life with the support of a cancer nurse navigator Cancer survivor Ava Pearson-Hansford and Nurse Navigator Kristy Hiser, RN eople from all around the world While being a gunfighter might be an Inside this issue come to Fort Worth to see one intimidating profession for some, being of the most popular attractions diagnosed with head and neck cancer was Departments in the Stockyards — the Legends of Texas just as frightening for Ava. “Cancer is scary,” gunfighters. One might be surprised to says Ava, the 72-year-old stepmother know that the Fort Worth Stockyards has of four and grandmother of six, “and it’s 2 8 only one female gunfighter, and her name very hard not knowing what to expect.” is Ava Pearson-Hansford. In addition to Her surgeon told her about the navigator faith, family, and friends, Ava’s calling is to services at the Joan Katz Cancer Resource keep the Old West alive while providing a Center at Baylor Scott & White All Saints safe, fun, and realistic Wild West shootout Medical Center – Fort Worth. —Ava Pearson-Hansford From the Chair Focus On: Philanthropy Dr. Jeffrey J. Wu Kristy Hiser, a general 5 cancer nurse navigator News, Projects & Campaigns This is when an “angel “We need navigators like Kristy to help treat our emotional needs as well. They are just as important as the doctors. She made everything so much easier.” From the President of God,” as Ava calls her, walked into her life. Enter at the Joan Katz Cancer Resource Center, who called Ava to help her through the “new normal” of her cancer diagnosis. Due to the generosity of our donors, 2 3 4 6 7 Women’s Health Council Beyond the Bag da Vinci Xi Robot Philanthropy in Action Child Life Services Program experience for tourists visiting Fort the Center has expanded its services, which Worth. Most recently, she faced a were originally available only to patients with Upcoming Events much bigger fight when she received breast and gynecological cancers, to serve a cancer diagnosis. individuals with all types of cancer. 7 Continued on pg 8 Save the Date