No one can explain JourneyCare’s profound impact quite like our patients and their families. That is why we want to share this very moving story from John Polo, whose young wife came to us while facing cancer:
My heart dropped the moment the doctor said “hospice.”
My wife, Michelle, was 30 years old and had battled a rare, aggressive cancer for more than two years when doctors gave her two options: surgery that could extend her life mere weeks, but could not lessen her pain; or expert, compassionate care with JourneyCare.
JourneyCare was the best decision we ever made …for Michelle, for her daughter and for me. Michelle’s care team quickly got her pain under control, so she could smile again and even celebrate the winter holidays with family and friends at her bedside. Her social worker knew how to counsel me when I thought I might break. Certified Nursing Assistants went above and beyond Michelle’s needs, including providing special touches like painting her nails. When my wife could no longer speak, JourneyCare’s art therapy program helped us navigate our emotions.
Michelle died at JourneyCare’s Pepper Family Hospice CareCenter and, in that moment, the entire staff honored her with a Celebration of Life. It was the most solemnly beautiful ceremony I have ever seen, with Michelle ushered from the building covered in her blanket, which was emblazoned with a photo of her daughter and the words, “I love you, Mommy.”
Every single family in the 10 counties we serve in the Chicago area and northern Illinois should have access to the same outstanding care Michelle received, regardless of their means – care that includes those extra touches that mean so much to them. With the help of donors like you, JourneyCare never turns anyone away for inability to pay. Last year, we provided more than $6 million in charity care, unfunded and underfunded services to families in our community.
Like Michelle, all JourneyCare patients receive world-class medical care, and they have access to complementary services such as music therapy, pet therapy and massage. Family members also receive vital grief support, which includes programs like Camp Courage for children. These services are supported by your donations and are not covered by insurance of any kind.
Please help families who need care by visiting journeycare.org/donate by December 31. We need your support to help care for patients and families who are among nearly 3,000 lives touched by JourneyCare each day.
At their most critical time, YOU make the difference.
With deepest gratitude,
President and CEO
Joseph P. Matty
President, JourneyCare Foundation
P.S. Tune into 93.9MYfm this holiday season to learn more about JourneyCare and how your gift makes a difference in the lives of the patients and families we serve.