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Radio Days an important fundraiser

June 7, 2010
Lake Placid News

To the editor and Tri-Lakes community:

    It is hard to believe that High Peaks Hospice Radio Day has been around for 18 years!  Radio Day has become a much anticipated and integral part of the Tri-lakes communities each June.  It is also a critical funding source that enables High Peaks Hospice & Palliative to continue to serve the communities we live in. I would like to thank you for your past support and invite and encourage you all to join us on Tuesday, June 8 for this year’s High Peaks Hospice Radio Day. It promises, as always, to be a fun and exciting day of support and celebration.  You can tune in between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. to radio stations 105.5 or 102.1 FM, 1240 or 920 a.m., Time Warner cable channels 2 and 22 or go to our website for a live stream!

    Many have asked us why we need to fundraise. We receive no state or federal government funding. We do receive health insurance reimbursements but, unfortunately, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements continue to be stagnant or have been cut back despite the increased cost of end-of-life care.  We also provide care to anyone, regardless of their ability to pay, including the uninsured. Consequently we turn to the communities we serve to help bridge the ever-widening gap.

    We recently received these words in a note from a Tupper Lake patient’s family: “In every trouble there is a blessing.”  That is one of our favorite sayings.  All of you at hospice have been such a blessing to us during these times.  Mom is gone, but the memories of her and the memories of your kindness will always be with us.”

    Ninety percent of us know when the final phase of their life has begun.  Hospice is there to help. An individual’s final journey is not traveled alone — it affects their families, other loved ones and caregivers — all are part of the hospice “unit of care.”  By focusing on the physical, emotional as well as spiritual needs of all involved, hospice brings dignity, acceptance and peace not only to the patient but also to their loved ones.

    To accomplish this we are asking for your help. Your financial support and enthusiasm for the past 17 years has been instrumental to the success of Radio Day so please call in on June 8th  to make your pledge or pre-pledge by going to  Thank you!

    Remember…hospice means dignity, comfort and peace at the end of life. 

Darsie Townsend

Development Director

High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care



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