L+M nurses raise more than $11,000 for sick colleague

Lawrence + Memorial Hospital nurses (from left to right) Bev Segleski, Cheryl Cone and Mary Sirpenski draw the winning raffle tickets for a gift basket, one of more than 50 donated by hospital departments to benefit Cone, who is unable to work while she undergoes treatment for uterine cancer. (Martha Shahanan / The Day)
Lawrence + Memorial Hospital nurses (from left to right) Bev Segleski, Cheryl Cone and Mary Sirpenski draw the winning raffle tickets for a gift basket, one of more than 50 donated by hospital departments to benefit Cone, who is unable to work while she undergoes treatment for uterine cancer. (Martha Shahanan / The Day)

Cheryl Cone, who has worked at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital for three decades, considers her coworkers there family. The nurses there often see each other more than they see anyone else in their lives; they’ve been there for each other at everything from birthday parties to funerals.

Earlier this month, other nurses at L+M helped raise more than $11,000 for Cone, who was diagnosed with uterine cancer in August and can’t work as she undergoes chemotherapy.

Michelle Bohmbach, who lives with Cone in Waterford, teamed up with fellow emergency room nurse Bev Segleski to raise funds for their friend, enlisting departments from across the hospital to create gift baskets that they sold raffle tickets for in the hospital’s cafeteria.

On Dec. 12, they presented Cone with they money from the raffle. More than 50 hospital departments — including some that the nurses didn’t know existed — created baskets containing everything from wine to lottery tickets, and hundreds of people bought tickets for the chance to win one.

“I felt elated that people cared about me that much,” said Cone, who hopes to be able to return to work following chemotherapy in the spring.

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