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Closer to Home Capital Campaign

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Cindy Cheatham

THE STORY:

Emma, 17, was your typical Carolina coast girl. Living in Brunswick County in North Carolina, she could often be found at the beach with her friends surfing, swimming, sunbathing or taking a trip to Myrtle Beach. She had always noticed a brown, oval shaped spot on her shoulder. It had been there for a few years, but she never gave it a second thought. After a routine physical for school, Emma and her family learned that the spot was actually Stage IV melanoma.

Surgeons removed the affected area from her shoulder over winter break. The family was optimistic that Emma would be out with her friends and enjoying the beach the next summer.

Sadly, a test that spring revealed that the cancer was back and worse, it had spread. Emma’s diagnosis became terminal. The doctor referred the family to Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter where Emma could receive in-patient care at their Wilmington hospice care center. At the care center, a team of doctors, nurses, a social worker and chaplain would tend to her every need and also support the family.

Emma’s parents both worked full time to take care of the family, so it was a blessing to them to have in-patient care available. At the same time they would accrue over an hour in travel time each day driving from their home in Brunswick County to Wilmington, to be with their daughter. Can you imagine how long that hour feels when you are travelling to be with your loved one who is dying?

Emma completed her life’s journey as spring turned to summer. Surrounded by family and friends, wearing the beach cover-up her mother so kindly bought for her, Emma died with dignity. The services provided by LCFH allowed Emma to spend her last days with people she cared about – she even went to the beach one last time!

The act of juggling work, Emma’s younger siblings and making time to be with their daughter would have been much less stressful if there had been a hospice in-patient facility Closer to Home in Brunswick County.

Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation is raising funds through the Closer to Home Capital Campaign to do just that! $3.5 million is needed to build a care center that will be convenient for our patients and their loved ones residing in Brunswick County, because no one should have to travel an hour or more to accompany their loved one on their final journey.

Please help support this cause. Even the smallest donation brings us one step closer to building a new care center for families in need.

The Team: $16,726 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Mary McCormack

Amount Raised

$16,602

 

111% Raised of $15,000 Goal

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Jourdan Ellis

Amount Raised

$104

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Sarah

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$20

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Cindy Cheatham

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$0

 

0% Raised of $100,000 Goal

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Rachae Thrasher

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$0

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Shauna Farr

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$0

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Nicholle Haney

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$0

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Matthew Books

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