03. November 2013 · Comments Off on Changes to PASCON Foundation Board of Directors · Categories: News

Heidi Girvin of Parchment was elected to the Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket Foundation’s Board of Directors at its annual meeting on Thursday, October 10, 2013.
Judy Waters of Windwalker Real Estate announced her retirement from the Board. Waters has served on the Board for 7 years, most recently as Vice President.
This year’s officers are:
Rick Beaudette, President
Joe Grause, Vice President
Lou Gennaro, Treasurer
Gussie Beaugrand, Secretary/Clerk
There are a total of 12 Directors currently on the Board.

27. September 2013 · Comments Off on New Resource Available for People With Cancer · Categories: News, Planning

WASHINGTON – (Sept. 25, 2013) – The Cancer Support Community and a group of 18 partnering cancer and patient advocacy organizations launched today the Cancer Insurance Checklist, a new resource to help people with cancer, a history of cancer, or at risk for cancer choose insurance plans in the new state-based Health Insurance Marketplaces opening on October 1st.

The Cancer Insurance Checklist guides consumers to review the coverage within each insurance plan they are considering, including coverage for services provided by their health care team, where care is delivered, medications and various common cancer treatments and services they may need. The Checklist also provides a worksheet to help the consumer detail the costs associated with each plan. The Checklist is designed to be used while evaluating insurance plans and also when discussing them with a navigator or health care provider.

“When the Marketplaces open in October, we expect that hundreds of thousands of people touched by cancer will begin exploring their options for purchasing health insurance coverage,” said Kim Thiboldeaux, President and CEO of the Cancer Support Community. “It is important to ensure that people understand the coverage for cancer-related health services so that they can make educated decisions based on their health needs and their budgets.”

People with cancer concerns can download and print the Cancer Insurance Checklist free of charge by visiting CancerInsuranceChecklist.org. There, they will also find a comprehensive list of additional resources including a full glossary of terms relevant to insurance coverage decisions.

The Cancer Insurance Checklist was created through a partnership of the following organizations: The Assistance Fund, Association of Community Cancer Centers, Avalere Health, Cancer Support Community, Chronic Disease Fund, Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation, International Myeloma Foundation, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer Alliance, Melanoma Research Foundation, Men’s Health Network, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, National Patient Advocate Foundation, Oncology Nursing Society, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, Patient Advocate Foundation, Patient Services, Inc. and Prevent Cancer Foundation. Production costs for the Cancer Insurance Checklist were supported by a grant from Novartis Oncology.

“CSC is honored to work with such an esteemed group of our colleagues on this important project to deliver meaningful information to so many during this time of complex decision-making,” said Linda House, Executive Vice President, External Affairs for the Cancer Support Community. “In addition to the valuable resources offered by each organization, this combined effort ensures that we will reach even more people in need of support, education and tools to help navigate their cancer journey.”

About the Cancer Support Community
The mission of the Cancer Support Community (CSC) is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. In 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community. The combined organization, with more than 50 years of collective experience, provides the highest quality social and emotional support for people impacted by cancer through a network of over 50 licensed affiliates, more than 100 satellite locations and a vibrant online community, touching more than one million people each year.

Backed by evidence that the best cancer care includes social and emotional support, the Cancer Support Community offers these services free of charge to men, women and children with any type or stage of cancer and to their loved ones. As the largest, professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the Cancer Support Community delivers a comprehensive menu of personalized and essential services including support groups, educational workshops, exercise, art and nutrition classes and social activities for the entire family. In 2012, CSC delivered more than $40 million in free services to patients and families. The Cancer Support Community is advancing the innovations that are becoming the standard in complete cancer care. So that no one faces cancer alone.®

For more information, please visit www.cancersupportcommunity.org.

23. September 2013 · Comments Off on Jules Embry-Pelrine Completes 24 Hour Run in Support of the Marla Lamb Fund · Categories: Community, Events, Fundraising, News

Jules Embry-Pelrine had run for 24 hours and over 100 miles at 7 pm on Friday!

He began his course at 150 Old South Road on Thursday evening and covered most of Nantucket Island twice over the next 24 hours. Jules is quick to point out the staggering number of miles covered in the same period by world record holders. We’re quick to point out that he is our record holder and is an awe-inspiring athlete and humanitarian.

Jules ran in support of the Marla Lamb Fund, a fund which helps to defray the costs of lodging and transportation for island cancer patients who must travel off-island for treatment and care. Jules raised money and awareness for this important cause and we at Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket are so grateful for his efforts!

11. September 2013 · Comments Off on Island Man to Run 24 Hours Around Nantucket in Support of Marla Lamb Cancer Fund · Categories: Community, Events, Fundraising, News

Island runner extraordinaire, Krav Maga instructor, and all around great guy Jules Embry-Pelrine has organized a run around Nantucket island beginning at 150 Old South Road at 7 pm on Thursday, September 19th. Jules has mapped a route that he plans to run three times over the course of the day (and night).

Jules apparently never tires. In the past 3 or 4 months alone, he has competed in the Race for Open Space, the Rock Run, the Firecracker 5K, the Iron Man, and the New School Spring Dash – just to name a few!

With this latest endeavor, Jules is raising money for the Marla Lamb Fund. The Marla Lamb Fund is a fund administered by Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket that helps to defray the costs of travel and lodging for island cancer patients who must travel off-island for cancer care and treatment. You can show your support for Jules and the Marla Lamb Fund by clicking HERE. You can also email Jules for more information.

Jules welcomes walkers, bikers, and joggers of all levels and encourages people to join him for any portion of the course. Click HERE to view the course.

26. August 2013 · Comments Off on Nantucket Community Rallies Around Swim Across America’s Island Swim – Raises $180,000 for Cancer Care on Nantucket · Categories: Community, Events, Fundraising, News

The winds were blowing and the waves were rough at Jetties Beach early Saturday morning, but that didn’t stop nearly 200 swimmers from jumping in and “making waves to fight cancer”!

Swim Across America’s Island Swim raised $180,000 for cancer care on Nantucket. Proceeds are to be split between Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket and Nantucket Cottage Hospital.

Island patients Caitlin Marcoux and Claudia Kronenberg spoke for a few moments about what this event means to them and how the funds raised will help. Both were extremely humbled by and grateful for all of the support they’ve received. They were thrilled to have this opportunity to raise money for services that will help them and so many of their friends.

Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s new oncology program will enable island cancer patients to receive more of their tests, consultations, and services on Nantucket, alleviating the need for travel off-island and all of the stress that goes along with that. Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket will be able to expand their existing cancer support services which help patients from diagnosis onward and which are crucial to navigating a life with cancer.

23. August 2013 · Comments Off on Nantucket Island Swim Tomorrow · Categories: Community, Events, Fundraising, News

Head to Jetties Beach on Nantucket tomorrow, August 24th, at 8 am for Swim Across America’s Island Swim. Watch as people of all ages and skill levels swim together in support of those they know and love with cancer.

In what will hopefully become an annual event, the Nantucket community has raised over $150,000 to be used for cancer care on island!

Swim Across America began as a relay swim from Nantucket to Hyannis in 1987 and has evolved to 15 open water swims and dozens of pool swims around the country. Swim Across America has raised over $45 million for cancer research, prevention, and treatment.

Nantucket is thrilled to be included in SAA’s roster of events and will benefit greatly from the funds raised. Nearly all of the money raised will be split between Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket and Nantucket Cottage Hospital for cancer care on island.

01. May 2013 · Comments Off on What a Difference a Few Months Makes! · Categories: Community, Events



Check out the Before and After shots of the spot on Old South Road across from Amelia Drive where Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket planted over 6,000 bulbs this fall. It has become, quite arguably, the most beautiful spot on Old South Road and makes us smile every time we drive past.

Thanks so much to the landscapers, Nantucket New School students, and community members who come together every year to make this happen. We are especially grateful to Champoux Landscape and J & M Landscape Services who coordinate this tremendous effort.

Since 2007 PASCON has planted over 60,000 daffodil bulbs across the island in honor and celebration of our program volunteers and as a reminder of hope and renewal to the community. We love helping to make Nantucket beautiful and helping to keep this tradition going. If you would like to help, please click here and make a donation today.

15. April 2013 · Comments Off on Nantucket Daffys are Multiplying Along the Daffodil Weekend Parade Route! · Categories: Community, Events, Fundraising, News · Tags: ,

Has anyone noticed that Nantucket Daffodils are multiplying along the Milestone Road ?

Daffodils Planted Along Milestone Road by Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket

Daffodils planted along Milestone Road through Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket Donations. - Photo by Quint Waters

In 1974, Jean MacAusland enlisted the help of Dave Champoux to plant daffodils up and down the Milestone Road from Monomoy to Sconset.

But here is a little known fact…in 2007 the fundraising committee for Hospice Care of Nantucket, now known as Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket found a way to continue the plantings and give back to the community in a unique way through a fundraising idea.

At their 2007 annual “Dreamcatcher” fundraiser, donations of $250 were collected and in turn, several Nantucket landscaping companies agreed to donate daffodil bulbs and their labor to plant them-the donations went to Palliative & Supportive Care and the bulbs were donated… a fundraising win, win!! The concept was to enhance the daffodils each year along the Milestone Road on the way to Sconset in honor of all the Palliative & Supportive Care volunteers and staff, the caregivers currently working round-the-clock to care for patients and all the patients who benefit every day of the year from the care that Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket makes available free of charge here on Nantucket. The idea blossomed and for years the students from the Nantucket New School have also joined the annual fall planting as part of their community service commitment.

Now some thirty years after Jean MacAusland began her daffy plantings, Dave Champoux of Champoux Landscaping and Mike Misurelli of J&M Landscape Services are at it again and have donated the bulbs(with periodic donations from the Nantucket Garden Club), and stewarded the Palliative Care planting of Daffodils which will takes place each fall. Since 2007, more than 50,000 bulbs have been added and the display in the spring is quite spectacular.

Next time you are driving by the “Serengetti” in Tom Nevers or the “V” between New Street and Main Street as you enter ’Sconset, notice how beautiful these new daffodils are or better still, shout out to Dave and Mike and please consider a generous donation to Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket for the incredible support and services that they offer to our friends and neighbors here on Nantucket. This vital organization does not receive any public funds or financial support other than your donations which are critical to continuing these services to our Nantucket community.

For more information on how you can support this effort, please visit Palliative & Suportive Care’s website and consider attending this year’s Dreamcatcher Dinner and Auction on June 9th at Galley Beach.

26. February 2013 · Comments Off on Wine Tasting Dinner at DUNE to Benefit Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket · Categories: Community, Events, Fundraising

Michael Getter of DUNE and Buena Vista Winery have come together to offer a 4-course dinner with paired wines to benefit Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket on Wednesday, March 13th at 6 pm.

Celebrate the last days of winter! Enjoy a fantastic meal, delicious wines, and the company of your friends while supporting a vital island service. Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket offers all of its services free of charge to island residents and relies on donations and events like this for funding.

Seats are limited and advance purchase is required so make your reservations today! The cost is $125/person. Please call us at (508) 825-8325, email, or visit our Donation Page to reserve your seats.

This event is sponsored by DUNE, Buena Vista Winery, Jill Yeagy Bookkeeping, Dennis & Associates, P.C., and Melissa Saunders Meyers. Special thanks to United Liquors as well.

01. February 2013 · Comments Off on Nantucket Bookstores Kick Off “Love Month” Campaign to Benefit Nonprofits · Categories: Uncategorized

Nantucket Bookworks and Mitchell’s Book Corner kick off their “love month” today during which a different nonprofit receives 10% of the sales at both stores each day. Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket’s day this year is Tuesday, February 12th so start getting a list together and go shopping on Tuesday. Plan ahead and buy gifts for the whole year! Thanks so much to Bookworks and Mitchell’s for running this inspiring promotion!

Funded by the Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket Foundation, the Palliative & Supportive Care Program is operated as a department of the Nantucket Cottage Hospital, which is an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital, and a member of Partners HealthCare. Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket is a specialized health care program dedicated to providing excellent physical, psychological, social, and spiritual care to persons with life-threatening illness and their families.

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