So with that, I’m happy to announce that through The IRONMAN® Foundation’s Your Journey, Your CauseTM program, I will fundraise for the non-profit: Project 4031 as part of my journey to become a (half) IRONMAN and race for a cause.
Their mission is to promote peace through emotional, spiritual, and physical support for terminally ill patients and their families. I’m very excited to begin raising money and hope that you take a moment to visit my fundraising page to find out more about Project 4031 and how you can help.
My relationship with Project 4031 began long before I even knew it existed. When I made the decision to go back to school full time, I had to find a job that would work around my school schedule. That’s when I entered my career in hospice. The call center I worked for specialized in renting durable medical equipment for hospice patients. Hospice care is care for the sick, especially the terminally ill. So our company provided medical equipment to patients who were inevitably going to pass. Generally this meant finally going home to spend their last days surrounded by family and loved ones and even in some cases passing in a nursing home or home healthy facility with skilled staff by your side caring for you. It was my job to take calls from hospice nurses, doctors, family members, chaplains, case managers, or anyone else who may be involved in the care of a hospice patient. I can still remember my first few weeks of training and how they changed my life. I had the opportunity to ride along with our service technicians to deliver medical equipment.
Let me tell you, there is nothing that compares to looking someone in the eye who is just grateful to have portable oxygen so that they can leave the house and enjoy the day when they are facing their last days. You will never feel more compelled to serve someone when they call emotional, distraught and exhausted after being up all night caring for a loved one. So many things we take for granted are monumental to hospice patients. I’ve spent the last three years working in this industry and I can attest to the daily struggle it becomes to maintain even the simplest of daily tasks when you’re caring for someone on Hospice. When I heard about Project 4031 and their desire to alleviate some of that struggle I knew right away how amazing that really was. It is not until you face the hardest of days that you realize just how important the little things are.
I’d like to leave you with one last thought before you go today. If YOU were facing your last days, what would you want to do? What would you not want to do? Remember that Project 4031 helps families give gifts like these. The gift a last trip or relief from an unpaid bill, even medical equipment that is greatly needed. I hope you will take a moment to visit my fundraising page and consider donating to Project 4031. Together we can make a difference!