Donors Help Update Appearance Center at Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center

August 14, 2014

Hollywood studios, with their long history of supporting Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, have stepped up again – this time to bring a little glamour to the boutique at the hospital’s Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center.

The newly remodeled Warner Bros. Appearance Center is a place where you find pretty scarves, hats and wigs to cover the hair loss from chemotherapy, or prosthetic bras to retain that curvy shape after a mastectomy. And now, following a redesign, it’s an open, welcoming place filled with gifts and other treasures.

“We are bringing a touch of glamour into the lives of people who have been touched by cancer, said Ed Romano, Warner Bros.’ executive vice president and chief financial officer, who attended last week’s grand opening with his wife Murphy Romano. “But beyond glamour, what we hope to provide here is a sanctuary where patients can find comfort when they are in need of reassurance and confidence, and a little tender care from specialists who understand what these patients are experiencing.

“We are honored to be involved and very happy that the time has come to open.”

The redesign, providing a more open and uplifting atmosphere, was the vision of Sheri Disney, who helped fund the project. She and her husband Roy P. Disney have contributed to the cancer center since it opened in 2010, continuing decades of support from the Disney family.

“Roy and I are very proud to be a part of the inspirational work that takes place here,” she said. “We felt passionately about this project many years ago when we first learned of this opportunity, and we remain as deeply committed to this day.”

Disney recruited designer Michelle Laskey-Nielson of Dwell Floor Five in Studio City, who donated her time and discounted furnishings and fixtures to help the cause. A tree branch Laskey-Nielson spotted while hiking is suspended from the Appearance Center ceiling, a dramatic hanger for items for sale.

Aside from clothing, the shop offers gifts such as candles, journals, plush robes and blankets and jewelry.

Also attending the opening were DFCC medical director Raul Mena, M.D., and his wife Barbara, and Teresa McGilvray and Laura Pistotnik, co-chairwomen of Friends of the Disney Family Cancer Center, which raises money to help patients undergoing cancer treatment.

The cancer center provides a full spectrum of outpatient care for cancer patients, utilizing the latest in diagnostics and treatment. The center offers integrative therapies such as yoga, acupuncture and massage, psychological counseling, genetics counseling and spiritual care.