An Annual Open House in support of the Dr. Lisa Lasher Women’s Services Fund

Dr. Daniel Howard is a surgeon at Mercy Health. He is passionate about helping breast cancer patients but performs a wide range of surgeries. Dr. Howard is also a Christmas fanatic. He has turned that love of all things Christmas into an amazing fundraiser at his home. This two-day event will take place on November 17 and 18

“I just love having a 'heavy' Christmas - full of decorations and lots of trees,” explained Dr. Howard. “I was always decorating my office at work and other places in the hospital. One day, my wife decided that I should use my talents as a fundraiser, and I agreed that would be a fabulous idea. That’s how my Christmas event was born.”

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Dr. Howard wants his Open House to grow to be and the “it” place to visit during Christmas time. “I hope people are excited to see all the trees and will make it a part of their tradition. It is over the top!” Howard told me. “I have 42 trees this year…eight of them are 9 foot, one 12 foot, and tons of 6-7 foot trees. I have been accumulating decorations and ornaments over the years. My attic is full - sometimes I feel like I need my own warehouse to store it all!”

The first two years, around 100 people attended the event but Dr. Howard thinks that was because of some bad weather. The past two years the Open House was held on a Saturday evening but this year the family has expanded to Sunday afternoon as well. He hopes it will double the turn-out!

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“This two-day event is in its 3rd year and will take place on November 17 and 18. I chose the Dr. Lisa Lasher Women’s Services Fund at Mercy Health Foundation Lourdes to be the beneficiary for the event this year since women’s health is near and dear to my heart. Dr. Lasher and I were very close. She was like my “work wife”, mother, and kid sister all rolled into one. She and I would talk about everything. She would always be the voice of reason in my head. She just was honestly one of the nicest people ever.”

The fund was renamed in Dr. Lasher’s honor after her passing last year. Dr. Howard said that he just couldn’t imagine there being a better beneficiary of the funds we raise. The fund helps provide educational materials for patients, gas cards to help patients if they have to travel for a procedure, other similar needs.

Christmas always been a Dr. Howard’s favorite holiday. “I absolutely adore Christmas,” he said. “Once, when I was in medical school in Louisville, I bought and wrapped a slew of presents and traveled to my parents’ house in Frankfort late that Christmas Eve. I left the presents on their porch. When they woke up the next morning, my mom called and asked me if I had delivered all those packages. I just love doing things like that.”

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This holiday open house at the home of general surgeon Dr. Daniel Howard is from 5 pm – 8 pm on Saturday and Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Dr. Howard’s residence is located at 4040 Primrose Place in Paducah. Parking is available at Paducah Medical Pavilion, located at 225 Medical Center Drive. A shuttle service will be provided. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door.

For more information, call 270.538.6589. For more information about Dr. Howard visit this week’s iMeet.