Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
Elks Lodge Donates iPads to JCMVAMC Cancer Program
The Elks Lodge recently donated two iPads to the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center (JCMVAMC) Cancer Program, which Veteran cancer patients began using on Oct. 13.
Chemotherapy infusion can take two to eight hours to complete depending on chemotherapy regimens and the iPads will help cancer patients pass time during their treatment. In the past, patients have typically read donated books or watched their own DVDs to pass the time.
Bonnie Folkerts, the JCMVAMC Cancer Program Manager, downloaded several applications (apps) onto the iPads to include card games, puzzles, medical apps, Facebook, Google, sports, arcade games, Kindle, boards games, dice games and music apps that allow users to play the piano, guitar and drums.
William Herriage, a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran who lives in Tulsa, was one of the first cancer patients to try out the iPads.
“It will definitely help me pass time,” said Herriage. “All I have to do is learn to maneuver through it. It’s not much different than a regular computer as long as you learn how to do it. It’s a wonderful machine. I like it.”
Folkerts expressed her gratitude to the Elks Lodge for their generosity.
“Anything we can do to make the time that our patients spend here, while they receive their chemotherapy, a little easier, a little bit more enjoyable, we’re all for that,” said Folkerts. “I think that this will be a good thing.”
Folkerts also said individuals can donate DVDs to the Cancer Program, which Veteran patients will watch during their chemotherapy treatment. If you would like to donate DVDs, contact Folkerts at 918-577-4177.