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April showers bring May fun

May 2, 2016

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

LN Hospice Regatta logo_2015You know that phrase, “April showers bring May flowers”? Well, we got our April showers in Charlotte on Saturday night, didn’t we? They snuck in at the 11th hour (literally), drenching us all with pounding rain along with some serious thunder and lightning.

For Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman, those April showers are bringing not May flowers, but massive amounts of May fun — in the form of the Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party. The Regatta Party, affectionately known as “the best party on the lake”, is happening this Saturday at the Peninsula Club in Cornelius. The fun will begin at 6:30pm when you can browse the silent auction items while sipping a cocktail and tasting delicious hors d’oeuvres. After a delightful dinner and a stirring presentation, there will be more fun and games and a chance to bid on some amazing live auction items as well.

And, brand new this year, you can purchase a “golden ticket” which gives you the chance to win an unbelievable trip to one of three destinations: Punta Cana Resort in the Dominican Republic, Fairmont Chateau in Lake Louise, Canada, or the Meritage Resort in Napa Valley. We’re only selling 100 of these tickets and half of them have already been purchased so don’t wait too long to capitalize on this opportunity! All trips include $1,000 in spending money and airfare for two. A one in a hundred chance for all of that? Them’s good odds, if you ask me! Golden tickets are available on our website — get yours before they’re all gone!

Your emcees for the evening will be WSOC anchor Allison Latos and WSOC meteorologist Keith Monday. They will charm you throughout the event and keep you well informed of all the goings on — who’s speaking next, when it’s time to win your golden ticket trip (because you are going to win it, right?), and when you need to finalize your silent auction bids.

At this point, all you have to do is buy your ticket, show up, and have a good time. And I’m not a scientist or meteorologist, but if you could equate the severity of those April showers we had on Saturday night to the amount of May fun you’ll have at the Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party this weekend, I can predict you’re gonna get drenched.

Tickets are $125 and are available on our website. All proceeds benefit Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman.  For more information, contact Nancy Cole at 704.335.4312. 

Special thanks to our most generous presenting sponsors: Huntersville Ford, Kathryn M. Keele, and Lake Norman Transportation Services.

Awakening a force (to make a dream come true)

January 21, 2016

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

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Our patient, Amy, before the movie

The new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, created a world-wide frenzy last month when it debuted. The hype was huge, tickets were scarce, and the trailer made all the die-hard fans desperate to go.

Now imagine if you were one of those die-hard fans but you didn’t know if you’d ever get to see it. That was the case for Amy Theodoropoulos, a 79-year old Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman (HPCLN) patient who is one of those uber-loyal Star Wars fans.

Like most hospice patients, Amy isn’t sure what the future holds. And she doesn’t know how long it will take for The Force Awakens to become available outside of the theaters. Considering she’s seen all of the other episodes in the Star Wars saga, she was understandably sad at the thought of missing this latest one. She wistfully told her HPCLN social worker, Catherine, that she wanted to see it but didn’t know if she had enough time left. That’s when Catherine awakened her own force to get things moving in the right direction.

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The entire crew with Star Wars masks

Catherine brought up Amy’s predicament to the rest of the hospice team at their weekly meeting. Someone suggested getting in touch with a theater to see what they could offer. After a phone call or two, a local theater came through in a huge way for Catherine. On Friday morning last week (when the theater is usually closed) Amy and her entire family were given their own private viewing of The Force Awakens.

Amy with (clockwise from left) her grandson, daughter-in-law, nurse Cheryl, social worker Catherine, and her son

Amy with (clockwise from left) her grandson, daughter-in-law, nurse Cheryl, social worker Catherine, and her son

I met Amy and her family (her two sons, her daughter-in-law, grandson, and brother), along with social worker Catherine and Amy’s hospice nurse, Cheryl, at the theater to take a few pictures before the show. Everyone was wildly excited, especially Amy’s pre-school aged grandson who was clad head to toe in Star Wars gear. No one had seen the movie previously and, even though the movie has been out for over a month, no one had heard any gossip to ruin the plot’s twists and turns.

After pictures, Amy and her family made themselves comfortable in the empty theater. Not only did they get the entire room to themselves, but they also noshed on free popcorn and soda, thanks to the fantastically generous theater manager.

I didn’t stay for the movie, but according to Catherine, Amy absolutely loved it. She left the theater shaking her head, saying she just couldn’t believe that her wish had come true.

That’s what hospice is all about, folks. It’s about respecting the wishes of our patients and making their lives count every single day we have them under care. It’s making phone calls and appealing to the humanity and generosity of others on behalf of those who need us. It’s helping our patients achieve the little things they thought were no longer possible. We try to awaken a force every day, that’s for sure. In our case, that force is love.

 

Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman is a regional office of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region providing end-of-life care in North Mecklenburg County, Western Cabarrus County, and Southern Iredell County. For more information, call 704.375.0100 or visit hpccr.org.

 

 

 

 

 

The best in the country

October 7, 2015

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

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Helen listens as Christy sings a hymn.

We received a beautiful, heartfelt letter about a month ago from the daughter of a patient. And it touched us. We get letters all the time, but this one made us particularly proud because it came from “one of our own”; Peggy, the woman who wrote the letter, used to work for a hospice in the great state of New York. That means she understands what we do every day and knows how emotional it is to work for a hospice, caring for patients who are dying and guiding their loved ones through this sacred process.

Peggy wrote that she was honored to “help clients to the end with dignity and without pain; their family’s well-being was of the utmost importance to me, along with meeting any other need they may have had.” So we figured that when it comes to recognizing exceptional care, Peggy was certainly qualified.

Last week, a few of us went to visit Peggy and her mother, Helen, who has been under the care of Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman since February. Helen is bed-bound but in great spirits — kind and loving to her family and her hospice care team. She is a tiny thing with a huge personality. A devout Catholic, she had been closely following the Pope’s United States tour and was happy to talk to those of us in the room about his travels. Helen graciously received our compliments on her beautiful skin and youthful appearance (which belied her 96 years) and she listened with great appreciation as Christy, our VP of Philanthropy (who also happens to have a gorgeous voice), sang her a hymn.

It was a short visit but a rewarding one. Helen has clearly been enjoying her life under the careful and gentle care of Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman. Her daughter Peggy could not tell us enough how impressed she has been with every care team member. In fact, in her letter she wrote, “They give their hearts every day. This team is the best in the country. Yes, I said country, not county!”

So apparently our approval rating is up there with the Pope’s. We’ll take it.

Don’t worry, we’ve planned your Saturday

September 17, 2015

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manger

September is always a busy month here at HPCCR.  As you know, we just had our Hit the Brixx 10K / 5K last weekend.  (And we just missed the cooler weather!  Thanks to everyone who braved the humidity!)  Well, we’re doubling up on events this weekend because, you know, we like to give you a choice when it comes to supporting our organization.

This weekend, you can either shoot guns (safely) or eat appetizers and drink wine.  Or do both.  Your call.

Bull Shooters Logo_30First up is the Shoot For Joy sporting clay fundraiser, an event hosted by the Mecklenburg Bull Shooters.  It starts at 7:30am on Saturday morning.  You can shoot clay targets during the morning session, take a break for lunch (and a raffle!) and then shoot again during the afternoon session.  You can go solo or as a team and all shooting levels are welcome!  For more info, visit the event page on our website.
400x400 BV Taste of Birkdale FB-POSTYour other option is our annual Taste of Birkdale, which supports Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman.  It starts in the afternoon on Saturday (3pm) and you get to sample entrées from some of Birkdale’s best restaurants and wine from Total Wine.  After you’ve enjoyed those delectable treats, you can feast your eyes on fall’s latest must-haves during the fashion show that starts at 5pm at the fountain.  This evening never disappoints.  Check out the Taste of Birkdale page on our website for all the details.

So there you have it.  We’ve planned your weekend for you.  You’re welcome.

For more information about these or any events contact Nancy Cole, Director of Special Events, at colen@hpccr.org or call 704.375.0100.

Goodbye winter, hello Regatta Party!

April 22, 2015

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

LN Hospice Regatta logo_2015I just saw on Twitter that they got 9.5 inches of snow in some (quite unlucky) areas of Wisconsin yesterday and today. While I feel very sorry for those poor souls who are dragging out the shovels and the snow blowers yet one more time, I can’t help but feel smug.  It’s finally springtime in the Carolinas and we are enjoying some glorious sunshine, bluebird skies, and dry weather.  Each year when we finally get this gorgeous respite, we also get a tingling of anticipation.  You can almost sense something delightfully fun is in your future.  And it is!  The 15th annual Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party is coming your way on Saturday, May 2!

If you haven’t purchased your tickets to the “best party on the lake”, you still have a chance because we have a few left (which you can find on our website). The Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party is an upscale evening at The Peninsula Club in Cornelius and it features delicious food, music, games, an inspirational speaker, and a well-stocked cash bar.  You will also enjoy some amazing items up for bid in the live and silent auctions.  And the best part about the auctions?  You can do your bidding online from the comfort of your seat, using only your smart phone and your cunning, cutthroat strategies to get the items that you want.

Need some incentive to get your tickets?  How about a sneak peek into some of the items up for bid?  We’ve got an unbelievable trip to the Napa Valley which includes a 3-night stay at a fabulous resort and a three-hour gourmet dinner for two on the Napa Valley Wine Train.  This trip also includes round-trip coach class airfare for two.  Yeah, you can just go ahead and sign me up for that one.

We’ve also got a week-long stay in a two bedroom condo (which sleeps eights) in Hilton Head.  One week of hanging out on the beach, listening to the waves, and catching up with your friends (who will adore you for inviting them).

Or maybe you just want a quick getaway to the mountains?  We’ve got a one-night stay at a bed & breakfast in Banner Elk.

Plus, we’ve got golf packages, jewelry, nights at the Grove Park Inn, and a ton more.  To put it simply, there are more than enough reasons for you to get your bidding on at this awesome event.  Not to mention it supports a wonderful organization making a huge impact within its community — Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman.

The party starts at 6:30pm on Saturday, May 2 at the Peninsula Club in Cornelius.  Tickets are $100, which is a tiny investment in the massive amount of fun you’re going to have, especially if you end up outbidding me for the Napa trip.  Now, if you’re coming here from snowy Wisconsin, we’ll probably let you in for free.  You’ve seriously suffered enough.

A HUGE thanks to our generous presenting sponsors: Huntersville Ford, Kathryn Keele, and Lake Norman Transportation Services, Inc.  We sincerely appreciate your amazing support!

To purchase your Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party tickets, visit the Shop HPCCR page on our website.  For more information, contact Nancy Cole, HPCCR Director of Special Events.

Don’t worry, we’ve planned your Saturday

September 18, 2014

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manger

September is always a busy month here at HPCCR.  As you know, we just had our Hit the Brixx 10K / 5K last weekend.  (What a turnout, by the way!  More participants than ever, despite the soul-crushing humidity!)  Well, we’re doubling up on events this weekend because, you know, we like to give you a choice when it comes to supporting our organization.

This weekend, you can either shoot guns (safely) or eat appetizers and drink wine.  Or do both.  Your call.

Bull Shooters Logo_30First up is the Shoot For Joy sporting clay fundraiser, an event hosted by the Mecklenburg Bull Shooters.  It starts at 8am on Saturday morning.  You can shoot clay targets during the morning session, take a break for lunch (and a raffle!) and then shoot again during the afternoon session.  You can go solo or as a team and all shooting levels are welcome!  For more information, visit the event page on our website.

taste of bv words_2013Your other option is our annual Taste of Birkdale, which supports Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman.  It starts in the afternoon on Saturday (3pm) and you get to sample entrées from some of Birkdale’s best restaurants and wine from Total Wine.  After you’ve enjoyed those delectable treats, you can feast your eyes on fall’s latest must-haves during the fashion show that starts at 7pm at the fountain.  This evening never disappoints.  Check out the Taste of Birkdale page on our website for all the details.

So there you have it.  We’ve planned your weekend for you.  You’re welcome.

 

Love letters

May 15, 2014

 by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

Love-Letter-HeartWe receive letters almost every day from relatives of patients who were under our care.  The letters are filled with emotion, gratitude, and respect.  Reading them is extremely gratifying for us.  I guess if you think about it, it’s kind of a quid pro quo.  The care that our clinicians offer each patient and each family member is a unique love letter in its own way.  For these individuals to put their thanks on paper is simply a love letter back.  So for today’s post, I’m going to let the letters do the talking.  Here are some of our favorites:

“I don’t know what I would have done without your help.  Losing Frank was like losing half of me.  Your care was indeed palliative and much appreciated by Frank, me, and our families.  How glad we are that there is an organization like hospice that will step in when the end is near and be there for us all in unbelievable love, compassion, and expertise.”

“From answering numerous questions (at all hours of the day) from worried family members, to ensuring Dad had what he needed, the staff at Levine & Dickson Hospice House was there.  EACH and EVERY staff member went above and beyond to provide the type of service any health care system would be proud to be known for.  Thank you.  Thank you for caring.  Thank you for keeping us informed.  The best way I can say it is: Thank you for tenderly, sweetly, lovingly, unselfishly taking care of my Dad in his final days of life.”

“I think we have finally figured you out.  You all are actually angels sent down from heaven to ease our suffering and pain. We are truly grateful for each one of you who worked with us.”

“As a former employee and a current volunteer, I am very aware of the great gift that hospices give to patients and families.  Mother’s care team brightened her days and lifted her up in caring and love.  I was always exquisitely happy for their hugs and support.”

“The staff at Levine & Dickson Hospice House are truly great individuals who made the effort to make sure that everyone was comfortable with the decisions in Mom’s final days.”

“Dear Levine & Dickson Hospice House, please accept this donation.  My friends and I made rainbow loom bracelets and sold them in our neighborhood.  My mommy was there in the spring.  You took great care of her.  I will always remember that.”

“You have made the worst news we could have ever gotten so much more tolerable.  Your patience and understanding, the way you all communicated what was to be expected . . . . I can only say I will be forever grateful.”

“It was so helpful to be informed every step of the way what to expect, what was normal, and what we should be doing or not doing.”

“Knowing that the doctors and nurses kept Mom comfortable and as pain-free as possible made her passing more bearable.  What people don’t realize is that the hospice staff also counsel and guide the family.  We are so grateful for all the support!”

“In a time of extreme frustration, fear, and sadness, the hospice team came into our lives and enabled us to give our mother what she wanted — to die peacefully at home.  They came in, assessed the situation, helped us figure out what needed to be done, provided everything we needed, and cared for us so that we could care for our mother.  We are so very grateful to each of you who does this important work.”

We couldn’t have said it better.