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Parkhill Honored for Work with 13Thirty Cancer Connect

November 10, 2016

Dr. Amy Parkhill, associate professor in the St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy, was honored with the Make a Difference Award from 13thirty Cancer Connect, a regional non-profit that provides support for adolescents and young adults impacted by cancer. Parkhill was formally recognized by the organization during its annual Journeys celebration, held on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Dr. Amy Parkhill was honored with the Make a Difference Award from 13thirty Cancer Connect.

A passionate advocate for 13Thirty, Parkhill was recognized for her efforts to connect Fisher students to the organization through service-learning courses and volunteer opportunities.

For the last three years, Parkhill has taught Introduction to Cancer Biology and Treatment as a service-learning course, which is designed to provide students with a deeper knowledge of the biological and psychosocial aspects of cancer and its treatment. The service-learning component requires students to team up with a community agency to better understand the impact of cancer and cancer treatment on individuals, families, and communities.

As a result of her work with 13Thirty, the organization has also served as a rotation and internship site for five fourth-year pharmacy students. Parkhill said that the impact these experiences have on the students is immeasurable. 

“During these six weeks, the students are able to develop a whole new set of skills and interact with individuals in the cancer community in a context that is outside of medications,” she explained. “Students who completed the rotation feel fortunate to have been able to spend time at 13thirty and acknowledge how they are a better person for having had this experience.”

Additionally, Parkhill and several of her students organized a Goin’ Bald for Bucks campaign last spring. The efforts raised $5,000 for adolescent and young adult support programs at Roswell Cancer Institute, Wilmot Cancer Center, and 13thirty. For the last three years, Parkhill has also organized a fundraiser at the annual celebration.

“I look forward to many more years of collaboration and I promise I will continue to do my small part in ensuring that 13thirty makes a difference in many, many more lives,” Parkhill said.