Annual Fund Donation
The need for Caring Circle services never diminishes and your support grows more crucial with each passing year. This year brings remarkable stories, experiences, and journeys of local families aided by Caring Circle services you help to fund, such as Lory’s Place and the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center. Your generosity in the upcoming year will allow Caring Circle services to continue comforting families and the community during unimaginable times, and to give patients and their families the opportunity to live their last days with grace and dignity while making cherished memories. No one is ever turned away due to the inability to pay.
With your generous response in the approaching year, Caring Circle hospice services will again be able to offer compassionate comfort care that far exceeds the basic guidelines of insurance coverage and enhances the quality of life for those we serve. Donations to Caring Circle fund services such as benevolent care at the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center, complementary services performed by hospice personnel such as massage therapy and bereavement support, and a Transitions program that helps patients and caregivers access the community resources needed throughout their care journey.
This year, we honor the stories of two local families served by our Caring Circle programs. We share the story of a Hanson Hospice Center resident, Caren Adams, who was granted her final wish of witnessing her daughter’s wedding before she died of cancer. And a tragic story of a parent’s worst fears coming true — Pete and Beth Mannino’s journey with grief after the accidental death of their daughter, Brandi.
What happens when seeing your daughter’s wedding day becomes your dying wish?
Caren Adams had been diagnosed with cancer in March 2016; aggressive treatments seemed to put her into remission. However, six months later, Caren’s cancer returned and curative care was no longer an option. Her daughter, Cara, called several facilities looking for a comfortable place where her mother could spend the end of her life. Unfortunately, each facility Cara called could not accept Caren due to unavailable rooms and resources. Then Cara learned about the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center, and was finally told her mother would have a comfortable place to stay.
“All of my mom’s nurses were great,” said Cara. “I loved the way Karen handled her, gently lifting her up and down. When Betty sang for my mom, she said that God could see her singing and hear her words.” After warmly welcoming Caren, her care team learned that she had one wish in her final days.
“My mom wanted to be part of our wedding and walk me down the aisle. I didn’t think it would happen,” said Cara.
Nate Valdes had proposed to Cara in September 2016. Shortly after the couple chose May 9, 2017 for their wedding date, they learned of Cara’s mother’s terminal cancer. By the time Caren arrived at the Hanson Hospice Center, she only had a few weeks left to live.
In just a few days, with the help of friends, volunteers, and hospice staff, Caren was able to live out her dying wish as her daughter was married at the Hanson Hospice Center just a week before her death. “I am so grateful for everything that Caring Circle, the Hanson Hospice Center, and my church did to pull together our wedding. It was such an amazing gift for our family,” shares Cara.
The next story, A Journey with Grief, shares our second family's journey. Read more