Charles' Angels Walk for Diabetes Education fund-raiser
What do a teenage girl, a national food market, a local community pub, and a high school organization have in common? Each has supported a unique opportunity that fosters community engagement for the cause of their choice. It is Cooley Dickinson’s good fortune that each of these initiatives benefits hospital services. Here’s how:
Teen Helps People with Diabetes
A sophomore at Hampshire Regional High School, Clara Thatcher lost her father, Charles, to complications from diabetes in 2009. Clara, along with her sister, Kayla Thatcher, and their mother, Mandy Caputo, honored his memory by creating the Charles’ Angels Walk for Diabetes Education fund-raiser.
The event at Hampshire Regional Middle and High School raised an impressive $3,225, more than twice Clara’s original goal of $1,500. Proceeds will support the Cooley Dickinson Center for Excellence in Diabetes Education (CEDE), which helps people living with diabetes manage their health through nutrition, exercise, and education. Clara invited local business sponsors and engaged her school community. “I was in awe of the support we got,” Clara said. “Teachers from school came with their families, and there were people there I’d never met before.”
Whole Foods Cares for Kids
Whole Foods Market empowers its stores to invest in the communities where they operate. And that’s exactly what Whole Foods Market in Hadley did this May for Cooley Cares for Kids, a fund-raising program that supports pediatric services through the Childbirth Center, Rehabilitation Services, and the Emergency Department. While many local businesses participate, Whole Foods’ staff enthusiastically embraced this cause, giving the program its best year yet by accounting for more than half of the $16,000 raised!
“We’ve never had such an incredible response. Cooley Cares for Kids received, by far, the most community support,” said Jaimee Rondeau, Marketing Team Leader and Community Liaison. Danielle Sears, Customer Service Supervisor, was critical to the cause and trained and inspired her colleagues. “This program made it easy. Our customers would say things like, ‘I know that what I’m giving to will help locally.’”
Hatfield Pub Celebrates Friend, Helps Cancer Center
For the past three years, the Hatfield Pub has chosen a charity close to its home and heart. This year after a Pub regular lost a good friend to cancer, Shelly Grenier, Hatfield Pub owner, decided that funds would be dedicated to the anticipated comprehensive cancer center at Cooley Dickinson. The Hatfield Pub community created the Ernie Pelkey Poker Run, which raised $1,831 to support the cancer center.
Amherst Students Support Cancer Care
For a fourth year, the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club at Amherst Regional High School raised awareness and money through the Canes for the Cure fund-raiser. By garnering local business sponsorship, producing and selling T-shirts, and engaging the school community, the FBLA raised $5,000 for the Cancer Care program, which provides funds to patients and their families who have a specific financial hardship as a result of a cancer diagnosis or treatment.
Cooley Dickinson prides itself on providing the best possible care to Pioneer Valley residents, but within any thriving community, give and take is critical. Cooley Dickinson relies on community support just as individuals and families depend on locally available health care services.
To the architects and supporters of community engagement, our deepest thanks. We can’t do it without you! Make a gift today.
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