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  • The bell heard around Mercy Clinic - Rolla

  • When the family of the late Anita Lynch rang a special bell Wednesday afternoon, it could be heard throughout the Mercy Clinic Family Medicine building on Martin Springs Drive in Rolla.
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  • When the family of the late Anita Lynch rang a special bell Wednesday afternoon, it could be heard throughout the Mercy Clinic Family Medicine building on Martin Springs Drive in Rolla.
    Part of a large donation from the family made to Mercy Health Foundation went toward the bell, which Mercy patients can now ring when they finish chemotherapy as a symbol of accomplishment and victory.
    A ceremony to unveil the new bell was held at the clinic building, with Anita’s family, friends and loved ones attending along with doctors, nurses and staff of Mercy.
    It was a day of thanks giving, said Dr. Randall Huss, the Rolla Division President of Mercy Clinic, during his introductory remarks.
    Huss then turned the floor over to Karen Simpson-Neasby, vice president of Mercy Health Foundation, who said she came to learn about Anita through stories shared by her husband, Travis.
    Travis then spoke, noting how his late wife set an example of how to deal with sickness. Anita was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer and melanoma, said Travis.
    “She battled it head-on,” he said. “Instead of hiding in the corner, she would fight it out loud.”
    Travis said Anita inadvertently inspired many people — most of all, her own family.
    Anita lost her battle to cancer in March. She leaves behind her husband, Travis, and children, Erica Smith, 14; Nathan Lynch, 6, and Natalie Lynch, 5.
    “Life is about one day at a time,” Travis said, noting cancer patients know better than anyone else that “none of us are promised another day.”
    Travis also said the staff who work with cancer patients every day, like the people who worked with Anita, make a tremendous and huge impact.
    “You make that difference in every life you touch,” he said to the staff.
    Debby Rinehart, clinical nursing supervisor, said the bell is a neat way for patients to celebrate. “Everyone will know in the building that someone just completed chemo,” she said.
    Pastor Tim Cook gave a blessing of the bell before Anita’s family were the first to ring the bell.

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