Breast Cancer Prevention Coalition (BCPC) member Dr. Perica “Nila” Florschutz, retired MD, was the first patient to ring the new “Chemo Bell” at Georgia Health Sciences University’s outpatient Cancer Center. The bell was donated by the BCPC to honor all patients battling all types of cancers. It is similar to one in the inpatient cancer unit. When a patient completes the last round of chemotherapy, he or she rings the bell and everyone celebrates.
Nila was treated for adenocarcinoma of the colon and had her last chemo in October. With this behind her, she plans to “Live, Love and Laugh”.
Originally from Dubrovnik, Croatia, Nila has lived in the U.S. for 38 years. She spent most of that in the Washington, D.C. area, Minnesota, and Florida, before following her two children and four grandchildren to Augusta, Georgia. Her son received a residency for the M.D./Ph.D. program in Orthopaedic Surgery at Augusta’s Medical College of Georgia (now GHSU) in 2007. Her daughter worked in research and moved to Augusta in 2009.
When asked why she joined the BCPC, Nila explained “I met [BCPC President] Nita Zachow, who introduced me to the organization. I have really enjoyed the socializing and friendships that have come from it. I find the goals of the BCPC amazing and am proud and happy to be a part of it.”
Welcome to the BCPC, Nila, and congratulations on completing your chemo!