At the invitation of the Henry Ford Health System – the medical center where Sheila Sky Kasselman received treatment for her pancreatic cancer, now in remission – she “smashed” a 3-D printed replica of her actual tumor with a hammer.
The activity was “part of an effort to empower Henry Ford Hospital cancer patients and to celebrate their progress,” according to video coverage by the Associated Press on March 30, 2016.
The Associated Press video news coverage was rebroadcast by media outlets throughout the United States, from the Sacramento Bee to the Miami Herald to the Connecticut Post and across metro Detroit. For Kasselman, public and media appearances, such as this, are an important aspect of her work to raise awareness of the disease.
“I felt like it was the final blow,” Kasselman says of smashing her tumor. “It was great. Any time you can beat your tumor – in every sense of the word – it is therapeutic, definitely!”