‘Baskets of Hope’ raffle supports cancer patients
— The Union Hospital Cancer Program’s annual basket raffle kicked off Monday with more than 30 baskets offering prizes from a trip to Disney World to a wide variety of food items.
The 35 baskets were set up in the hospital’s lobby as part of the sixth annual “Baskets of Hope” raffle, which raises money to help cancer patients during their treatment, said Beth Money, cancer program director.
“One hundred percent of the money goes toward our Patient Assistance Program,” Money said.
The raffle raises money to help patients at the hospital pay for doctor co-pays, medication, gas and other bills not covered by insurance, she said. Last year’s raffle raised $28,000 and more than $69,000 has been spent on patient assistance from 2014 to May 2016, Money added.
“Whatever it takes to keep
the patient in treatment,” she said.
Money said $500 is spent per patient per year.
“The reason we limit it is so we can stretch the money,” she explained.
The baskets will be in the lobby for the next two weeks until the drawing at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. Tickets are available in the lobby from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and can be purchased up to 1 p.m. on the day of the drawing. Tickets are $1 each, six for $5, 15 for $10, 35 for $20, 45 for $25 or 100 for $55.
People can also donate up to 10 cans of non-perishable food and receive a ticket for each item, Money said. The cans go to the program’s food pantry, which helps patients who need food.
Most of the baskets on display were created by the hospital’s different departments, but some were also donated by community members.
The hospital’s emergency department created a Disney World basket, which in- cludes up to four park passes and a condo stay, with families having a choice of two dates for the trip, Money said. The “Child’s Play” basket created by the customer service department includes a teddy bear, a toy car, a Family Feud game and a $25 grocery gift card, among other items.
Community created baskets include one donated by Framily, a Middletown, Del., group, that donated a basket with gift cards to Olive Garden and other area restaurants. Meanwhile, the “Date Night” basket created by Amedisys Hospice and Home Health Agency, includes items such as a gift certificate for a massage, massage oil and wine glasses, among other items.
Money said she’d like to match or exceed the amount raised last year.
“I would like to be able to raise more money than I did before,” Money said, “and have everybody enjoy each other.”
Elkton resident Elaine McQuaide, a cancer survivor, looks at the “Child’s Play” basket created by Union Hospital’s Customer Service Department.