Help hospice on Radio Day this Tuesday

To the editor and the Tri-Lakes community:

Twenty-eight years ago, High Peaks Hospice was founded in Saranac Lake offering a 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 financial support of the communities we serve. Thanks to the generosity of Ted Morgan and Mountain Communications in donating an entire day to our efforts each year, High Peaks Hospice Radio Day is our most enduring – 22 years and counting – and successful fundraising effort.

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 and items such as Adirondack chairs, gift certificates to area golf courses and restaurants, 100 gallons of fuel and more, worth hundreds of dollars. These will be offered as incentives throughout the day for your pledges. This year there will be four raffle winners. The raffle items are an iPad Air, round-trip tickets for two from Saranac Lake to Boston on Cape Air, two nights’ stay for two at Great Camp Sagamore and a condo for a week worldwide.

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, 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 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 past financial support and enthusiasm has been instrumental to the success of Radio Day, so please call 518-897-2443 on June 3 between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. 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. Remember, hospice is about living.

Darsie Townsend

Development director

High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care

Saranac Lake