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Serenity Garden opens at the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The legacy of Joanie Abdu, who lost her courageous battle to breast cancer 19 years ago, lives on through a Serenity Garden her husband, Dr. Rashid Abdu, was committed to building for other brave breast cancer patients and their families.

"Many patients come here with their families and sometimes just the patients, especially when they have bad news or if it is good news, they come with their family, stroll through the garden, reflect and get a better perspective on what life is all about, what is the important thing in life," said Dr. Abdu.

While the idea of the Serenity Garden was that of a few, hundreds of supporters are what brought it to life. From the Humility of Mary Health Partners Foundation to the patients and staff at the center to the hundreds of generous donors, like friends of the late Kandi Byrd who lost her battle to cancer almost two years ago.

"We just wanted to help make this a place that those who are struggling with cancer have a place to come to and just be away from it all for a little bit," said Heather Lindsay of Niles.

"It is really overwhelming, but also it shows how what could happen when a community gets together, when they believe in something, when they see the value of something and they get together. Nothing is impossible, absolutely nothing," said Dr. Abdu.

A second and third phase is planned for the Serenity Garden.

Just this week, the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center was award a three year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

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