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.
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Priscilla Westaway is the founder, President, 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.
Andrea McKee, MD is a radiation oncologist practicing in the Peabody location of Beth Israel Lahey Health. In early 2012, Dr. McKee and a team of allied health professionals at LHMC initiated a community benefit CT lung screening program to save lives and open screening access to those at high-risk for lung cancer regardless of financial means. Dr. McKee is the President of the Rescue Lung Society and has co-authored numerous seminal peer-reviewed publications on the design, implementation and management of clinical CT lung screening. Dr. McKee is actively involved on a local and national level in preventative health issues focusing on patient-centered care, patient advocacy, and patient empowerment. Dr. McKee is a member of several New England based patient advisory councils and currently serves as a member of the Massachusetts State Cancer Control Steering Committee, Co-Chair of the State Lung Cancer Subgroup, and as Advisory Board Member to the Lung Cancer Alliance and the American Lung Association. She previously served on the Massachusetts Breast Density and the Massachusetts Radiologic Society Coalition.
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.
Patty A. Foster, Secretary and Treasurer, is a seasoned community banker with over 20 years of banking experience. Currently, she is the Branch Relationship Manager, AVP for Enterprise Bank located in the Tyngsboro office. Patty has been with Enterprise for a little over 14 years and is a member of the Tyngsboro / Dunstable Rotary Club. Patty is dedicated to making a positive difference in our communities and is actively involved in various non-profit, civic, and business organizations. Patty is from Lowell, MA and has lived in Tyngsboro for the last 19 years. She and her husband Den have been married for 22 years and have 2 children, Susan and Jason.
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.
Nick DePasquale manages and supports the web site.
Legal support provided by Clare Selden Rager, Foley & Lardner LLP.