A Symbol of Hope


Cheyenne, Wyo. (KGWN) Walking into the lobby of the new CRMC's cancer center you can't help but notice the feeling of comfort. From the cozy chairs next to the fireplace to the player piano and pieces of art on the walls. One piece on display features a personal touch and the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center's logo.

Kevin Poledna, the manager of the sterile processing department, works across the street from the new cancer center. As he saw the new center being built he decided to piece together, from scratch, a guitar to honor those affected by cancer. The custom made guitar is featured in the video above.

Three of Kevin's grandparents passed away from a cancer related illness and his mother is a cancer survivor. It was his grandpa, Arven Blum, who taught him at a young age how to work with wood. Then Kevin himself found an interest in music and building guitars. Without any training, Kevin not only built functional guitars but has taught himself how to play. Kevin hopes that through his accomplishments others can find hope when looking to overcome obstacles.

The case Kevin's guitar sits in was donated by Central High School students and joins many items gifted to the new center by the community. Through these donations the new cancer center has become more of a comfort to those who really need it.

Play the video to hear from Kevin.


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