To the editor and Tri-Lakes community:
Twenty-eight years ago, High Peaks Hospice was founded in Saranac Lake, offering a more holistic and patient-driven approach to end-of-life care. In the ensuing years, more than 6,500 individuals and their loved ones have benefitted from the programs at High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care.
High Peaks Hospice's ability to continue to serve those most vulnerable has always been made possible only through the generous financial support of the communities we serve. The most enduring - 22 years and counting - a successful fundraising effort continues to be High Peaks Hospice Radio Day.
Radio Day has become a much-anticipated event in the Tri-Lakes communities each June. I would like to encourage you all to join us on Tuesday, June 3 for this year's High Peaks Hospice Radio Day. It promises, as always, to be a fun and exciting day of support and celebration. Local businesses have generously donated a wide variety of services, items - such as an Adirondack chair - and gift certificates to area golf courses, restaurants and more, worth hundreds of dollars. These will be offered as incentives throughout the day for your pledges.
This year's big raffle item is an iPadAir.
Please remember to tune in on June 3 between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. to radio stations 105.5, 102.1 or 106.3 FM, or 1240 or 920 AM, Time Warner cable channel 2 and 22, or go to www.wnbz.com for a live stream.
Why is Radio Day so important? Hospice receives no state or federal government funding. Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements were cut in 2013 due to the federal sequestration while the cost of end-of-life care continues to increase due to more complex end-of-life issues. In addition, care is provided 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.
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 and spiritual needs of all involved, hospice brings dignity, acceptance and peace not only to the patient but to their loved ones as well.
To accomplish this, we are asking for your help. Your past financial support and enthusiasm has been instrumental to the success of Radio Day, so please call 518-897-2443 on June 3 to make your 2014 pledge.
Your pledge on Radio Day truly does make a difference. Your support of this year's Radio Day will help us all live the way we want to live. Please make a difference by calling 518-897-2443 between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on June 3. Remember, hospice is about living.
High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care