Believe Anything and Everything is Possible is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to helping cancer patients and their families going through cancer treatments with financial assistance so that they don’t have to choose between the basic necessities vs. the treatments and medications that they need. Assistance is provided in the form of gas cards so that patients can get to and from treatments; grocery cards so that patients do not have to choose between food and co-pays for medications; and taxi rides so that patients can make it to treatment appointments.
Priscilla Westaway is the founder, heart, and soul of Believe Anything and Everything is Possible. Priscilla is a patient with Stage IV Breast Cancer at the Lahey Health Oncology Centers. While there, she observed many families struggling to cope with the mounting bills accumulated during treatment. She felt compelled to do something about the situation and was determined to combine her love of art and photography to raise money for this pressing need.
Priscilla, as a student at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, MA majoring in art with a focus in photography, organized and conducted a very successful photo gala named “Photo for a Cause” in October 2017. Priscilla and her team raised a significant amount of money selling photographs donated by nearly 100 photographers and by conducting raffles as well as creating awareness of the challenges that many families go through when a loved one is in treatment. All of the funds raised were directed to help the many families in need.
Believe Anything and Everything is Possible is a continuation of Priscilla’s love, compassion, and commitment to individuals and families in need that began with her own battle.
Dr. Corrine Zarwan is a practicing medical oncologist at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center (LHMC) in Burlington and Peabody. She specializes in breast and gynecologic cancers. She received her medical degree from the University of Florida and completed her internal medicine residency and oncology fellowship training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Zarwan is currently the Director of the Women’s Cancer Program in Medical Oncology, Director of Clinical Research and the Associate Director of the Lahey Health Cancer Institute. She has an active clinical practice, is the principal investigator of over sixty clinical trials at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center and a member of many cancer-specific committees at LHMC. As Associate Director of the Lahey Health Cancer Institute, Dr. Zarwan is responsible for assisting with oversight of all aspects of cancer care at Lahey Health sites including Lahey Hospital and Medical Center Burlington and Peabody, Beverly Hospital, Addison Gilbert Hospital, Winchester Hospital, and Parkland Hospital. As the Director of Clinical Research in Oncology for the Lahey Health Cancer Institute, Dr. Zarwan is responsible for the oversight of all research-related activities for medical oncology and radiation oncology at all of the Lahey Health sites.
Andrew Lenhardt, MD is a board-certified family physician who has served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts Medical School for over 10 years. He is the author of the book The Best of All Worlds – A Family Doctor’s Path to Integrative Medicine. His goal is to use the best mainstream approaches while also incorporating the best options from other disciplines of wellness into his daily practice. Dr. Lenhardt’s primary goal is to target the root causes of illness and provide patients with the tools to achieve optimal health. With a focus on prevention rather than treatment, he works to incorporate the principles of functional medicine, naturopathy, ancestral health, nutrition and lifestyle in caring for his patients.
Jacqueline Broms is a passionate and motivated healthcare leader and oncology certified nurse. She has worked in the Lahey Health System for over 30 years supporting ambulatory oncology Infusion services, education, quality, and management. Most recently Jacqueline has accepted the role of Clinical Oncology Research nurse for Beverly Hospital, Addison Gilbert Hospital and the Lahey Outpatient Center in Danvers. She considers it an honor to provide and support outstanding oncology care for patients in the community. Jacqueline and her husband David, live in Boxford and have two grown children, Caroline and Michael.
Debbie Ahlers RN, BSN is an Oncology Nurse Navigator Breast/GYN and has been employed at Lahey Clinic for 30 years. She started as a patient transporter and went to nursing school at Salem State College, graduating in 1995. Debbie began her nursing career on the In-patient Oncology unit for 6 years and then moved to the Infusion room for 17 years. In April 2017, she became an Oncology Nurse Navigator. Debbie has a strong passion for caring for patients and their family members. She and her husband Tommy have been married for 17 years and have 3 children, Tori, Tommy and Abigail.
Nick DePasquale, Clerk, is a retired IT executive who spends much of his time as a professional photographer exhibiting his travel photos to raise funds for various not-for-profit organizations. He volunteers as a photographer at several events throughout the year. Nick also tutors photography students and teaches photography classes. Nick met Priscilla during the Photo for a Cause fundraiser and has since joined her team to help further her goals in raising funds and awareness for families dealing with cancer drawing from his previous experience of running and working with other not-for-profit organizations
Mike Brody and Ed Merrill are tireless volunteers who are leading the charge with organizing and running the golf tournament, and for soliciting sponsors and donations.
Legal support provided by Clare Selden Rager, Foley & Lardner LLP.