Patients receiving cancer treatment at TidalHealth facilities on the Delmarva Peninsula soon will receive a little extra care thanks to Salisbury University.

As part of the University’s Presidential Inauguration Week festivities, celebrating the investiture of Dr. Carolyn Ringer Lepre as the institution’s 10th president, SU community members donated items for, and packed, 250 cancer comfort care kits.

Lepre recently joined TidalHealth President and CEO Dr. Steve Leonard to donate those kits for patients at TidalHealth’s Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute in Salisbury and Ocean Pines, and Allen Cancer Center in Seaford.

“At Salisbury University, we are committed to giving back to our community. We are especially committed to those affected by cancer, through such programs as our student Relay For Life organization, which has raised more than $1.5 million in the past two decades to benefit research and treatment programs through the American Cancer Society. We hope these kits go one step further in helping bring a measure of comfort for those in our community who are fighting their battle against cancer,” said Lepre. 

Items collected for the kits included socks, word search and crossword puzzle books, mini notepads and journals, personal-sized sweet snacks, sugar-free candies, tissues, hand sanitizer, lotion, sunscreen samples and soft-bristle toothbrushes.

Students, faculty and staff packing the kits also provided notes of encouragement. TidalHealth expects to begin distributing the kits to patients this month.