New Focus, Same Goal!
Now in our 12th year Pedaling For Payson has in essence graduated to a new phase in the event's mission. During its first ten years the money raised through "P4P" went solely into the Gene Gillis Fund (within The Conord Hospital Trust), which assists those patients at the Payson Center who struggle with the financial and logistical demands of their cancer treatment. As a result of the income generated by Pedaling For Payson the Gene Gillis Fund is currently and for the foreseeable future self-sustaining. This is exciting news for those of us on the event's planning committee since we are now able to fully focus our efforts on the Center's nurse navigator initiative. After years of making do with a single nurse navigator the Payson Center in 2017 was able to add a second such position onto their staff directly because of the Pedaling For Payson event. We are actively in the process of establishing a new fund within The Concord Hospital Trust devoted entirely to the further development of the nurse navigator model at the Payson Center. Over time and with your ongoing support we hope it will one day become self-sustaining just as the Gene Gillis Fund is presently.
This summer I flew to Dayton, Ohio with my father's ashes to return him to the soil of the city in which he grew up to become the man who forever serves as my role model. I couldn't help but reflect on his cancer journey and how much impact a nurse navigator might have had during hie course of treatment. As a family we rallied around him as a devoted core, but so much of what we were able to do for him was reactive whereas I trust that with the guidance of a nurse navigator we could have been significantly more proactive. Such a resource in coordinating his care would have gone a long way to lessen the stress created by the input of so much information in such a short period of time from so many well intentioned healthcare providers. I saw from afar how well a nurse navigator program worked for our daughter Meagan (a cancer survivor) and I sincerely hope that through P4P's continued involvement all patients at the Payson Center will have the opportunity to benefit from a positive enduring relationship with a nurse navigator...yes, you might say, I'm a believer!
So come ride with us...if you can't participate physically then please do consider making a monetary contribution to Pedaling For Payson through this page. I am so very appreciative of any size donation you are able to make and I am sincerely touched whenever I am given notice that someone has provided assistance to cancer patients as a result of my attempt to tap into the goodness of my family and friends (and their friends!). The teams of Day Surgery would not exist without your generous support...
Thanks so much,
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