Carol Kroft has worked in the Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital for 32 years. She has been in her current position of cancer registrar for more than six years. Through her work and volunteer opportunities, Kroft has remained dedicated to helping cancer survivors in southwest Iowa.
“When I worked in Medical Records several years ago, we lost two coworkers to cancer in a very short time,” she said. “That year, a few of us attended our first Relay. The next year, we started a Friends and Family team, and we did this for seven or eight years.
“When I took my current position at MJE, it was a natural transition to the hospital’s team captain.”
“It started as a way of honoring the memory of two coworkers. I also have a strong family history of cancer — my sister lost her battle to lung cancer, my father is a 40-year survivor of bladder cancer, and my youngest daughter, diagnosed at age 31, is now a three-year survivor of breast cancer. There are also many other relatives and friends who have battled cancer.”
The fifth annual Wheels of Courage takes place at Quaker Steak and Lube on June 22.
The Jennie Edmundson Foundation Spirit of Courage Charitable Patient Care fund provides assistance to patients who need help covering expenses associated with diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
For more information, visit jehfoundation.org or call 712-396-6040.