Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center
is now part of Presence Health
Decrease (-) Restore Default Increase (+) font size
spacer graphic
A Christmas Tree for Cancer

90-year-old Patient Wants to Share the Joy of the Holidays

A beautiful 12’ tree sits proudly in the treatment center at Presence Cancer Care in Joliet. It not only celebrates Christmas, but it represents life with and after cancer.

Adorned with ribbons of every color representing the different types of cancer, it brings joy and hope to patients and their families. The tree was donated by a friend of the Shepich family, and Lucille Shepich, the 90-year-old matriarch of the family who is currently in treatment for lung cancer, cheerfully cut and tied pink, pearl, yellow, lavender and more ribbons to represent breast, lung, bladder, and all cancers. Lucille wanted every cancer patient to be able to connect with what the tree represents, including those who lost their battles.

“We added feathers to represent the angels,” Luann Midlock, one of Lucille’s daughters said. Luann, Mary Jo Shepich and Jerry Shepich joined their mother to present the tree to the Presence Cancer Care center as did Kim Midlock, clinical nurse manager at Presence Cancer Care and Lucille’s granddaughter-in-law. Family friend 89 year-old Loretta Brncich also helped with making and donating ornaments for the tree.

Lucille had been frightened when she first was diagnosed with lung cancer, but her oncologist, Dr. Nafisa Burhani, quickly put her at ease with a low-key, honest approach. Lucille said she had two choices: do nothing or undergo chemotherapy. She chose the latter, scoffing at the notion of giving up.

Lucille plans to go back to Las Vegas to celebrate her 91st birthday in April, but first there is the joy that comes with Christmas, and she wants to help share her happiness with all affected by cancer.


Need a Doctor? Call (877) 737-INFO

Presence News

Non-Surgical Treatment for Painful Ovarian Varicose Veins
A Christmas Tree for Cancer
Look Who's Shadowing Who


Healing Arts Pavilion
Imaging Centers
Immediate Care New Lenox
Immediate Care Plainfield
Physical Therapy Services
Sleep Disorder Center
Wound Care Center

Medical Services

Alliance Health
Balloon Sinuplasty
Behavioral Health
Cancer Services
Cardiovascular and Heart Care
Children's Emergency Department
Clinical Research Trials at PSJMC
Diabetes and Nutrition Education
EICU - enhanced ICU
Emergency Services
Family Birthing Suites
Gastrointestinal Services
Healing Arts Pavilion
Presence Home Care and Hospice
Imaging Services
Interventional Radiology
Long Term Care
Neuroscience Institute
Orthopedic Services
Pediatric Services
Pulmonary Services
Rehabilitation - Inpatient
Rehabilitation - Outpatient
Senior Spirit
Presence Sleep Care
Support Groups
Weight Loss Surgery
Women and Children Services
Wound Care Center

Patient & Visitor Information

Accepted Insurance Providers
Advance Directives
Area Information
Cafeteria Menu/Hours
Contact Information
Financial Assistance
Financial Assistance and Clearance
Gift Shop
Language Assistance
Maps & Directions
Medical and Vital Records
Medical Library
MRSA Prevention
Nurse Staffing Information for Patients
Parking Information
Patient Email
Patient Family Advisory Committee
Patient Health Portals
Patient Privacy Overview
Patient Questions & Concerns
Patient Stories
Room Service Dining
Spiritual Care
Visiting Hours
Will County Emergency Cooling & Warming Centers

About Us

Map of 1st Floor
Board of Directors
Commitment to our Communities
Community Outreach
Community Partners
Contact Information
Conference Center Facilities
Flu Information
Hospital Report Card Act
Mission Vision and Values
Patient Stories
Physicians Only
Virtual Tours