‘Bas­kets of Hope’ raf­fle sup­ports can­cer pa­tients

Cecil Whig - - & - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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.”

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

Elkton res­i­dent Elaine McQuaide, a can­cer sur­vivor, looks at the “Child’s Play” bas­ket cre­ated by Union Hos­pi­tal’s Cus­tomer Ser­vice De­part­ment.

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