GRAND BLANC — Hurley Medical Center’s Breast Health Nurse Navigator Marsha Schmit has been named Oncology Nurse Navigator of the Year by Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine. Schmit has served as Genesee County’s first Breast Nurse Navigator since 2008.
From diagnosis to treatment to breast reconstruction to long-term follow up, Schmit is a caring, highly trained registered nurse who gives one on one support to patients going through breast cancer treatment because she understands exactly what it is like to be in their shoes. Schmit has been a breast cancer survivor since 2009.
She has helped more than 700 women and their families navigate through their journey, providing them with medical and community resources for care and treatment, and beyond.
“I am deeply honored and touched to receive this award. I feel blessed every day to be able to make a difference in the lives of the patients I work with and give them honest, real information that may aid in their personal recovery. When a person is diagnosed with breast cancer, your mind swims in a million different directions and having someone to go to and ask questions as often as needed is a treasure. I always aim to be that treasure.
I live a purpose driven life,” said Schmit, Hurley Breast Nurse Navigator.
Schmit said she devotes much of her own time to fundraising efforts to boost Hurley’s Breast Heath Navigator Fund, a fund that helps women with financial support during and after their treatments. She helped raise over $200,000 for the fund so far.
Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine is a quarterly magazine for Breast Cancer patients, and survivors. —Paula K. Schmidt