Parkhill Honored for Work with 13Thirty Cancer Connect
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.
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.