Adult Patient Experience Committee

Working with the Charles Hallac Patient Recreation Center’s staff, the Adult Patient Experience Committee works year-round to prepare for events designed to lift the spirits of MSK's adult in-patients.

Jill Kargman, A-Team visitor
Jill Kargman, A-Team visitor

The Committee’s biggest project is the Holiday Gift Bag Drive for which donations are solicited from companies and individuals to fill 400 gift bags. Each patient receiving treatment during the holidays receives a gift bag from Santa, Committee members, and volunteers. In addition, the Committee helps to coordinate and contribute funds to the Halloween, New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day celebrations. The Committee budget is also used to support smaller events held throughout the year and to purchase supplies for arts and crafts activities, games and puzzles. You can help the Committee replenish activities for the adult in-patients and their families who visit the Charles Hallac Patient Recreation Center by shopping online through the Games & More Wish List. All in-kind donations receive a tax acknowledgment letter when you email us a copy of your invoice. You can find this in your Amazon account by selecting: Your Account; Your Orders; Invoice. Or simply send an email to with your name, address, and the amount you spent on your Wish List purchases.

This Committee supports the arts encouraging patients to participate in painting, writing, or singing. Many of the artists featured in the long-standing annual Patient Art Exhibition have discovered their artistic gifts and created works of art in the Charles Hallac Patient Recreation Center. This Committee is a proud sponsor for the Visible Ink Annual Live Staged Performance of Works by Patients. Visible Ink is a unique writing program open to all MSK patients. The Adult Patient Experience Committee sponsors the survivor's choir, Rising Voices.

In addition to Patient Care events, the Adult Patient Experience Committee organizes special visits through a program called the A-Team. A-Team members come to the Patient Recreation Center to lift the spirits of our patients by sharing their inspiring stories. Through their time and dedication, The Society's A-Team members provide hope and inspiration to the people who need it most.



Past A-Team Visits

  • Adam Lewis, interior designer
  • Carol Higgins Clark, mystery author
  • David Gallo, Oceanographer 
  • David O’Leary, Irish Tenor 
  • Deepak Chopra, author and public motivational speaker
  • Gene Wilder, actor
  • Harlan Coben, best-selling author 
  • Hoda Kotb from NBC's TODAY show
  • Jill Kargman, author, actress, and comedian
  • Jodi Picoult, best-selling author
  • Lance Armstrong, athlete
  • Magee Hickey, Emmy Award winning news reporter for NY1
  • Marc Salem, renowned mentalist and mind reader
  • Nick Gregory, meteorologist for WNYW
  • Paola Mendoza, actress and filmmaker
  • Rosanna Scotto, anchor of Good Day New York
  • Sheryl Crow, singer-songwriter
  • Stephanie Stokes, interior designer
  • Terry George, writer and producer
  • Tina Sloan, actress
  • Vera Wang, fashion designer

View coverage of the 2014 Holiday Celebration on MSNBC