When I began raising money for hospice more than 24 years ago, I joined this expert caring team because I wanted to make a difference. My grandmother had received hospice care the summer before I started my new job and the impact it had on my family was amazing. I knew I wanted to help others make that same difference.
Over the years, I’ve worked with so many of our donors who have a heart for caring for the seriously ill and their families. For example, after his wife died, Walter worked with grief counselors to help him deal with his loss. He was so grateful for the support that he continues to give back so that others can have the same opportunity. When Mary's husband was nearing the end of his life, hospice provided care to their entire family. They were both scared and unsure of what the future would bring and the hospice team was there every step of the way. Mary gives stock gifts every year to support care for others.
There are many ways donors make a difference every day...memorial tributes, honoring staff and volunteers with a special gift, supporting our patients' beloved pets through Pet Peace of Mind, or contributing to the Make Tracks program so that our clinical staff can travel to patient's homes.
We also have donors who support us through special events. At the end of January, the BB&T Bundle Up with Bourbon and Blues event kicked off with a bang. Hosted at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion there was delicious Kentucky Cuisine, Several Bourbon tastings from Four Roses, Buffalo Trace and Distilled, plus all night dancing to the tunes of the Jordan English Band. Some of the other fun surprises included a live auction that featured a bottle of 12-year-old Van Winkle and a hefty bidding war. This annual event is a great way to spend a cold January night and even better way to have fun while supporting a great cause.
As you can see, there are many ways that donors leave their imprint on our organization. As Hospice of the Bluegrass begins its new chapter as Bluegrass Care Navigators, adding expanded services, we are excited to give donors, even more opportunities to help seriously ill patients, even earlier in their disease progression.
Things came full circle this fall when my father became a patient at the Hospice Care Center. Through this life experience, I had the privilege of experiencing firsthand what an amazing, caring group of people we have providing everyday care. As a donor myself, I am glad I get to pay it forward and support those who cared for my father, my family and the hundreds of others who become a part of our organization.
If you would like to help us make a difference, you can donate here.