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.

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.

31. January 2013 · Comments Off on Nancy Moylan Joins the Board of Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket Foundation · Categories: News

Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket (PASCON) Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Nancy Moylan to its Board. Nancy has been a program volunteer for years and has now agreed to help with the fundraising side of things as well. Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Palliative & Supportive Care program which provides all of its services at no charge to the community with no insurance reimbursement.

28. November 2012 · Comments Off on Nantucket’s 3rd Annual Mystery Art Auction This Friday at Quidley & Company on Main Street · Categories: Community, Events, Fundraising, News

Quidley & Company hosts and Cape Cod Five sponsors Nantucket’s 3rd Annual Mystery Art Auction to benefit the Marla Ceely Lamb Fund this Friday, November 30th from 5-7 pm.

All works will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis for $125. The name of the artist will be revealed after purchase. Light refreshments will be served. There will be a raffle as well.

You may preview the works at Quidley & Company between 12 and 4 pm Friday. Last year folks started lining up an hour early, so dress warmly and get into that line!

This is an exciting and fun event for the whole community. The low $125 price makes the gallery experience accessible to many more people. Many of these works would normally sell for thousands of dollars! We hope that people will consider this and perhaps add an additional donation when paying for their piece. Remember – it’s not about what you get, it’s about what you give!

The Marla Ceely Lamb Fund is a special fund which helps defray the costs of transportation and lodging for patients who must travel off-island for cancer treatment.

Quidley & Company is at 26 Main Street.

13. November 2012 · Comments Off on New Directors Join PASCON Foundation Board · Categories: Community, Events, News

Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket (PASCON) Foundation is pleased to announce the election of three new directors to its board. Laura Fletcher, Peggy Tramposch, and Clark Whitcomb will fill the seats vacated by retiring directors Patty Rottmeier, Jennifer Shepherd, and Geoffrey Silva.
Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Palliative & Supportive Care program which provides all of its services at no charge to the community with no insurance reimbursement.
The community is encouraged to join PASCON this Saturday at 9 am on the Old South Road bike path across from Amelia Drive for the annual planting of over 5,000 daffodils and Sunday at 4 pm in the garden of the Jared Coffin House for its annual Tree of Remembrance Service.

22. October 2012 · Comments Off on PASCON to Host Webinar on Grieving Thursday, October 25th. · Categories: Community, Events, News

Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket (PASCON) is hosting a webinar Thursday, October 25th in the Founder’s Building at Nantucket Cottage Hospital from 3-4:30 pm.

The Webinar, titled “BEYOND GENDER: Understanding the Ways Men and Women Grieve”, is sponsored by Hospice Foundation of America and will be led by experts Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv and Terry L. Martin, PhD. Doka is Senior Consultant to HFA and a Professor of Gerontology at the College of New Rochelle in New York.

This webinar explores the many ways that individuals cope with loss and offers specific strategies that are effective with different patterns or styles of grief.

Everyone is invited! While the program will be aimed at helping health professionals, counselors, clergy, and other human service providers increase their knowledge and understanding of how to assist those in bereavement, the discussion will be appropriate for all and will be offered free of charge.

Continuing Education Available! Certificates of Attendance will be provided at no charge for anyone attending the entire session. Additionally, also free of charge, Continuing Education Credit will be available online following the webinar from Hospice Foundation of America for most professions.

For additional Information, call PASCON at (508) 825-8325 or email us at pascon@partners.org.

03. October 2012 · Comments Off on New Tree of Remembrance Planted · Categories: Community, Events, News

Today Mike Misurelli and his team at J-M Landscape Services planted a beautiful new tree in the garden at the Jared Coffin House. The tree will be decorated at our Annual Tree of Remembrance service the Sunday before Thanksgiving at 4 pm. The community comes together to remember loved ones who have died by writing their names on scallop shells to decorate the tree and participating in a brief interfaith service followed by a lovely indoor reception.

24. July 2012 · Comments Off on It’s Our Anniversary – 30 Years of Caring! · Categories: Community, Fundraising, News

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket. In celebration and recognition of this, we’ve raised $30,000! Each of the individuals and businesses listed below contributed $1,000 to show their appreciation for and support of a program that has helped this community for 30 years!

Started as a grassroots effort by a small group of parishioners of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church who approached Nantucket Cottage Hospital about the idea in 1980, and formalized with the organization of a board and the development of an all-volunteer patient care program in 1982, PASCON has grown and changed in so many ways over the years. So, too, has the composition of the Nantucket community, the nature of disease and treatment, and the healthcare landscape as a whole.

By its second full year of existence, Hospice Care of Nantucket was serving 17 terminally ill patients and about 20 patients with chronic illness, all of whom received compassionate support and practical assistance through its staff of patient care volunteers. Terminally ill patients typically utilized the service during their final month of life, and the majority of patients died from cancer.

Thirty years later, PASCON serves over 150 patients/families annually through its staff of professionals and its volunteers, providing the same compassionate support and practical assistance, but now also providing expert holistic management of pain and other distressing symptoms, as well as coaching for persons facing early stages of life-threatening illness, education and support for parents of grieving children, a Coping with Cancer Support Group, a Caregivers Support Program, and bereavement services for persons in grief. Patients now tend to utilize services earlier in diagnosis and to stay with the program for longer. While cancer is still the major diagnosis of patients we serve, we now also care for many patients suffering from other serious conditions, i.e., heart failure, respiratory disease, and neurological disease.

Today, we’re not only helping patients with terminal illness achieve a comfortable and peaceful death, but we’re also helping patients newly diagnosed with a life-threatening illness get well again! We truly have become a program that provides an extra layer of support to any patient and family facing a trying period of their lives. Thank you to each of our 30 for 30 contributors who have helped enable us to provide all services free of charge. With continued support, we will be able to provide these invaluable services for another 30 years.

Brown Brothers Harriman
Champoux Landscape
Bernard Chiu
Coffin Real Estate
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Diamond
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Grause
Great Point Properties
Mr. and Mrs. William Hays, III
Heron Financial Group
Elin Hilderbrand
Hyline Cruises
Jordan Real Estate
Just Helping Others
Killen Real Estate

Murray’s Toggery
Nantucket Bank
The Nantucket Project
Nantucket Real Estate
PKG Design Build
Bob Pollack
Rockland Trust
Tom and Susan Roeder
Shelter 7, LLC
Sherburne Commons
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sherlund
Tidal Creeks Boatworks
Windwalker Real Estate

26. June 2012 · Comments Off on Team Roethke Joins Swim Across America’s Island Swim and the Fight Against Cancer · Categories: Community, Events, Fundraising, News

Steve and Jill Roethke have put together a team for Swim Across America’s Island Swim July 22nd. Support their team or start your own. Get involved today!

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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