Peter and Merri thank you for your support
“I wasn’t done,” Peter said. “I was in a wheelchair. I wasn’t even ready to go to a walker.” His life changed forever after the surgeon amputated his right leg below the knee. Coming home was fraught with complications.
Jeremy, a caregiver, was there when Merri was at work. He solved problems, like removing bathroom doors, so Peter could get around independently with his wheelchair.
Peter and Merri have a message for donors: “Thank you … we are so thankful … we can’t imagine how we would have done a successful transition otherwise.”
The Transitions Care Fund provides non-medical care to lowincome seniors leaving inpatient rehabilitation care. The goal is to help patients safely transition home.
Thanks to you, juggling cancer treatment rides is less stressful for Elaine
Cancer has spread from Elaine’s colon to her liver. She believes she can beat it, but getting to all her medical appointments and grocery shopping is a juggling act.
Eskaton Foundation’s Transportation Plus Program is crucial to the equation. Elaine’s biweekly cancer treatment is a three-day routine: bloodwork, chemotherapy infusion and follow-up. She cannot afford a car, has no children, and has very limited income.
On bloodwork days, a Transportation Plus driver takes Elaine to the diagnostic lab. Afterward, he takes her to the grocery store and home. Her next trip to the lab and grocery is then another two weeks away.
On other days, she relies on a single-stop ride program or a rideshare company. Paying is a hardship.
Chemotherapy is taking its toll. But Elaine says, “I like to pay it forward.” She receives Eskaton Telephone Reassurance phone calls. She also volunteers to call other lonely seniors.
When asked what she would say to someone thinking about giving to the Transportation Plus Program, Elaine says, “I hope you will support the program. I really need the rides.”
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