Grantee Spotlight: Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo

As a foundation we consider ourselves investors, and we know the importance of supporting organizations as they work to build their mission and make an impact. That is why we are delighted to see prior grant recipients flourish and expand their efforts. Today we congratulate San Francisco-based Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo (RTR4C) and its founder Nancy Ballard, as they continue to brighten chemotherapy rooms across the West coast.

Last weekend RTR4C “rocked” three new chemotherapy rooms at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco. Ballard, says, “Our goal at RTR4C has remained simple from the start: transform treatment rooms into positive, healing and uplifting spaces. We look forward to everyone’s contributions and to helping Saint Francis Memorial Hospital’s cancer patients through the hardships of cancer and chemotherapy treatment.”

Joining in the transformation was former San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky, who has fought his own personal battle with cancer, during which his arm and shoulder were amputated. Dravekcy helped paint and offered insights from his experiences. “It creates an environment where, for just a few moments in their day . . . they can actually push the pause button and look around them and experience something other than the pain that they are going through,” Dravecky told NBC reporters on site covering the event.

Watch NBC’s interviews with Ballard and Dravecky:


Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization dedicated to creating more of these significant healing spaces by transforming existing chemotherapy treatment rooms, which are almost always cold, stoic and uninviting, into treatment centers that truly promote all aspects of healing. Their mission is to create positive, healing, lovely and uplifting spaces that spiritually, emotionally, and physically support those dealing with challenges to their health. With a community of volunteers, designers, artists, and medical professionals, they have drastically improved chemo treatment centers – over 150 rooms — across the United States. Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo’s work is also 100% volunteer created!

To learn more about RoomsThatRock4Chemo please visit

Photos Courtesy of Facebook (Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo)