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Link had 'special touch' with patients

June 09, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

WILLIAMSPORT - On Friday, June 5, a memorial service for the late Melissa "Missy" Link was held on the campus of Williamsport Retirement Village.

Because of a rainy day, the accompanying tree planting was postponed until June 9.

According to Jordyn Shifler, director of communications for WRV, the services were to honor Link, a special employee who recently died.

Link, who had been a floor aide since 2002, worked with Alzheimer's/dementia residents and had a "special touch" with them.

In October, Link was recognized by the WRV foundation president during the Culture Change Champions Banquet and received an award for the Champion of Choice.

Diagnosed with cancer last fall, Link was unable to attend that banquet. She passed away recently and the WRV staff wanted to do something for her family as well as the staff and residents who miss her.

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The tree planted in her honor is in a courtyard where WRV residents with Alzheimers/dementia can always see it, Shifler said.

At the ceremony, C.J. Henson, director of nursing at WRV, spoke of how the rules of baseball and the life that Link lived had a lot in common.

Baseball teaches that what matters is not giving up. What matters is getting up and keep pounding the rock. And while you're pounding the rock, even without knowing it, you gain character, desire, determination and that great spirit will carry over into life skills, Henson said.

"Missy may not have gotten these qualities from baseball, but she had them all. She may not have recognized it, but she taught me the lessons of baseball and in my book she was a major league player," Henson said.

Then for Missy and the residents the assembled group of staff and friends joined in singing " Take me out to the ball game" in remembrance of Missy.

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