Fundraiser to help support local hospice program
Beloit resident Arla Rumsey has a long history with Alliance Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice.
“My husband Frederick fell ill and his doctor recommended we contact Alliance Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice,” Rumsey said. “They took care of him and made him comfortable for five months before he passed. I will never forget the nurse who would bring his medication late at night because they always had a big smile for us.”
After her husband passed away, Rumsey attended Hospice’s grief support group and was thankful for the guidance at a transitional time in her life. Rumsey decided in 2009 that she would enjoy volunteering for Hospice and giving back to the organization who took such wonderful care of her late husband.
“I started volunteering at Hospice in late 2009. They really do have something for everyone when it comes to volunteering. I worked in the office, which was nothing new to me, but then I also met with patients and attended office meetings. It really is a great opportunity.”
Rumsey loved volunteering, but received a breast cancer diagnosis in 2012 which stopped her in her tracks.
“After my breast cancer diagnosis and becoming too weak, I had to stop volunteering which was such a shame. It was such a good feeling to meet people and even just relieve loved ones for a little bit so they could have some time for themselves.”
Rumsey realizes that simply the mention of hospice care makes people feel like they are throwing in the towel. She wants them to realize that hospice care is there to make loved ones as comfortable as possible.
“No one lives forever,” Rumsey said. “Everyone has to face the end and hospice care is great because they provide you with compassion and reassurance. I wondered when I should call, but people need to realize that they have the answer for your suffering. No one should have to suffer. This hospice group is one big family and they genuinely care about their patients and the time that they have left. I can’t say enough positive things about them.”
The Alliance Visiting Nursing Association and Hospice program is a nonprofit organization. Events like the upcoming Steppin’ Out and Swingin’ with Hospice dance help support hospice and its services.
Hospice supporters can come out on Friday, March 14th to Don Pancho’s Restaurant in Alliance to enjoy local legends “Jimmy and the Soulblazers,” and more importantly to raise money for the Alliance Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice department of Alliance Community Hospital.
The Steppin’ out and Swingin’ with Hospice dance will also feature a live and silent auction with gift baskets donated by local businesses, as well as many of the departments at ACH. Live auction items include an overnight stay at the Spread Eagle Tavern and a Goodyear blimp ride.
For more information on hospice services or the grief support group, call 330-821-7055 or visit www.achosp.org.