(Joplin, MO) – During Sam Rogers’ battle with colon cancer, one of his greatest comforts was noise-canceling headphones, which allowed him to listen to music and block out the rest of the world while undergoing chemotherapy.
Sam’s cancer journey sadly came to an end in September 2022. In the face of his grief, his son Ben set out to preserve his father’s legacy in a way that will make an impact on people in the same situation.
After his father’s death, Ben set out to raise as much money as he could to buy the same headphones that helped his dad endure his treatment. Ben and his Boy Scouts of America Troop 9 raised more than $3,500 to make sure cancer patients at Mercy Hospital Joplin can have the comfort his dad found in the escape of music.
At 11:30 am on Friday, January 26, Ben and members of his family are excited to present 71 pairs of headphones to Mercy’s cancer care team, who will host a reception with cookies and punch to thank Ben for his fundraising work and thoughtfulness.
Mercy, one of the 20 largest U.S. health systems and named the top large system in the U.S. for excellent patient experience by NRC Health, serves millions annually with nationally recognized quality care and one of the nation’s largest Accountable Care Organizations. Mercy is a highly integrated, multi-state health care system including more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, convenient and urgent care locations, imaging centers and pharmacies. Mercy has 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, more than 4,000 physicians and advanced practitioners and more than 45,000 co-workers serving patients and families across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
Jordan Larimore, Senior Media Relations & Communications
Mercy Hospital Joplin