Each year the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center salutes individuals, groups and organizations from across the country and around the globe during "the one hundred," an annual event celebrating "100 Everyday Amazing individuals and groups" who are making a difference in the fight against cancer in inspiring and often revolutionary ways.
Among this year's honorees is Dalton resident Dr. Sean Mullally, medical oncologist, and Pittsfield-based organization Moments House, who will be recognized in Boston at a May 24 ceremony. Nearly 700 individuals and groups were nominated for this honor.
According to nomination materials: "With exceptional attention to the details of diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care, Dr. Mullally demonstrates a passion for his work that fuels hope and confidence in his patients. As medical director of the Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Dr. Mullally plays a critical role in the expansion of cancer care in Western Massachusetts. Patients now have local access to clinical trials, genetic screening and counseling, and the latest chemotherapy and radiation treatment protocols available at Mass General in Boston."
In the community, Mullally spends time educating area residents about cancer and promoting the need for prevention, early detection and treatment.
Alice and Danielle Trumbull, a mother and daughter team and co-founders of Moments House, also will be honored. The mostly donation-driven nonprofit provides free support and education programs run by volunteer cancer survivors and caregivers. Moments House honors the legacy of their friend, Linda Palivoda, who battled cancer for 11 years and drew strength by helping other cancer patients.
Nomination materials say: "With its warm, home-like atmosphere, Moments House embodies the caring, integrative support it offers to patients and families living with cancer in Berkshire County ... Family members and friends can avail themselves of the services of counselors, Reiki masters, massage therapists, cosmetologists, lawyers, medical professionals, acupuncturists and life coaches. Moments House also helps members with financial assistance during a time many face loss of income and uncovered medical expenses."
According to the MGH Cancer Center, "Moments House and Dr. Mullally's efforts are in keeping with the Cancer Center's commitment to eradicating cancer through research and innovation and by providing the highest quality of patient care."
Ceramics for change
Eighteen artists from 11 states vied for this award, which comes with a $1,000 prize. The result of a partnership between Honoring the Future and the Smithsonian Women's Committee, the Sustainability Award recognizes an artist whose work educates the public about climate change or inspires or models a sustainable response to climate change. It was awarded on April 27.
Shalan says she draws inspiration for her ceramics from nature, particularly time spent as an artist-in-residence in Acadia National Park in Maine. She aims to "reflect the precious beauty of our varied parks, inspire others, and honor our earth."
To reduce environmental impacts from production, Shalan uses local clay, minimizing emissions that would occur from transporting raw materials long distances. Her pots are hand coiled and pit fired, using traditional techniques. Her pit is powered with recycled fuel to "respect our Earth's limited resources."
"Paula Shalan deserves recognition for making environmental concern part of her vision, design and production process," says Fran Dubrowski, director of Honoring the Future. "We hope her work will inspire others to think creatively about how to address climate change in their own lives."
Support for firefighters
On April 14, the Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub in Pittsfield celebrated its grand re-opening while also honoring the Pittsfield Firefighters Association.
From March 25 to April 6, the restaurant held a silent auction to sell off the plaques and memorabilia that were being replaced as part of renovation of the eatery's space. The restaurant temporarily closed on April 11 for the project, and re-opened on April 14.
The Ninety Nine's celebration included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a donation of $10,058 to the Local 2647 International Association of Firefighters chapter, and offered giveaways for guests as they enjoyed live music and appetizer sampling. Pittsfield Fire Chief Robert Czerwinksi attended the event on the association's behalf.
On April 15, the Local 2647 also held a Comedy Night with Paul D'Angelo at the Colonial Theatre to raise additional funds for its annual campaign.
County Fare, a weekly column featuring "tales from throughout the Berkshires," is compiled by Eagle staffers.