This WOC nurse is paying it forward to make life better for ostomates

One act of kindness makes a difference.
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Gwen (second from right): "Proud to work with my fellow GI Nurse Navigators." 

Gwen (second from right): "Proud to work with my fellow GI Nurse Navigators." 

Gwen Spector has been a Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOC) nurse for the past 12 years and works at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Medical City Healthcare in Texas as a Complex GI Cancer Nurse Navigator. She also manages the North Texas Wound and Ostomy Nurses Facebook page and regularly attends UOAA support group meetings in Plano and Dallas to support ostomy patients.

You’d think her career alone was enough to give back, but Gwen doesn’t stop there. She has seen firsthand how ostomates are leaving the hospital and then struggling to afford ostomy supplies. Gwen told OC, "One year when I worked at Children’s Medical Center we had a patient with no insurance coverage. Myself, her gastroenterologist, and his nurse all chipped in to buy her a box of pouches and a bottle of stoma powder. We wrapped it up like a Christmas present. It was one of the best gifts I've ever given someone. I wish the doctor was with me to see her face and the tears in her eyes when she opened it.” 

Last year, Gwen met with the founder of OC to learn about Kindred Box, a charity organization that assists people in the United States who cannot afford ostomy supplies. And ever since, Gwen has regularly donated her patient's excess supplies and sponsored boxes that are mailed to ostomates across the country. Thank you Gwen, your kindness and generosity make the world a better place for ostomates.

Did you know that it's Pay It Forward Day? If every OC reader sponsored a box, together we could help thousands of ostomates who need supplies. Today and every day, let's #standforkindness!