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The annual BIG-TO-DO benefits the Children’s Program of Visiting Nurse Health System. This program meets the comprehensive medical, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of pediatric patients and their families through home healthcare, hospice and the Camp STARS grief counseling camps.
Many patients in our Children’s Program are coping with the overwhelming diagnosis of a terminal illness and require care that is significantly more expensive than adult end-of-life services. In most instances, reimbursement from Medicaid or private insurance covers only half of the costs of their care. Your support enables us to serve all who need our services, regardless of their ability to pay.
Save-The-Date: Sunday, February 8, 2015 for the next BIG-TO-DO
BIG results happen when communities work together to make a difference in the lives of pediatric hospice patients and their families at home and at the Hospice Atlanta Center. Thank you to everyone who helped raise more than $100,000 for direct patient care! “We are grateful to our corporate donors and families who sponsored or purchased tickets to the BIG-TO-DO as we depend on community support to care for all who need our services, regardless of their ability to pay,” said Mark Oshnock, President of Visiting Nurse Health System.
Corporate sponsors like United Healthcare, PNC Bank, Walgreens, and Fifth Third Bank created a brand experience at the BIG-TO-DO by distributing company branded items like hand sanitizers or creating activities like cookie decorating to engage families. “It was great to join Visiting Nurse in welcoming families to join in the fun and activities at Snow Mountain,” said Sherri Rushing of United Healthcare, a BIG-TO-DO sponsor.
Media partners helped make the difference too by sharing our mission and encouraging community support. More than 800 supporters enjoyed a perfect snow day at Snow Mountain including snow tubing, building snowmen, making s’mores and enjoying a warm snack and entertainment indoors.
Thank you to our Co-Chairs, Dawn and Kevin Dwyer, and their Host Committee for their year-long work to plan and promote the benefit. We are also grateful for the event day volunteers who welcomed guests and made sure everyone had a terrific snow day.
Watch pediatric hospice patient Nora’s inspiring story of determination and courage — one reason why our Children’s Program needs your support.
View photos below and on Facebook.