Hometown Heroes: DeAnna Wesley

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 10:51 AM | by Carly Stunda

By Lindsay Harrison | Communications & Development Intern

DeAnna is a fellow Hoosier who first heard about Little Red Door in 1993 when her own mother passed away from cancer. Outside of work, DeAnna’s favorite thing to do is spend time with her two beloved sons who she considers to be her greatest joys, Brandon, age 26 and Clayton, 15.

In June of 2007, DeAnna developed EMBRACE at Eskenazi Health to offer support services to the cancer patients of Wishard Hospital with the help of her Vice President, Kimberly Harper and generous proceeds received from Margaret’s Hospital Guild.

“I consider it a blessing that she saw my potential to successfully conquer this challenge, even when I did not.”

EMBRACE is a team of medical professionals who provide encouragement and assistance to people who are going through their cancer journey. Through their services, the EMBRACE team helps cushion the financial, physical and social burdens that come along with a cancer diagnosis. We truly have DeAnna to thank for this program, because without her, its incredible services may very well not exist as they do today.

Thanks to DeAnna, who is now the director of EMBRACE, they are currently celebrating 12 years of delivering services to underserved cancer patients. “It has been an absolute blessing and honor to have served thousands of patients, family members and caregivers during this time.”

DeAnna not only made her mark at Eskenazi hospital, but she also made an impact on the Little Red Door family as well. Since 2007, DeAnna has been collaborating with us in multiple arenas and on several platforms, “each one holding numerous memories and endless stories of success, impact and advocacy”, DeAnna described.

Over the years, DeAnna has helped contribute to make Little Red Door the incredibly special place that it is today. She has brought services to life within our community that assist people in ways that are absolutely profound, and the community is eternally grateful for that. Her consistent willingness to support and continue to develop the healthcare world are truly remarkable, which makes her nothing short of a hero in our eyes.