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Care & Comfort and Our Bangor Team Present A Gift to Support Sarah's House
Posted by Care & Comfort on 02/22/2016.
Care & Comfort and Our Bangor Team Present A Gift to Support Sarah’s House
“From time to time I drive by a beautiful large white house on a slight rise along Route 1A in Holden and always think how charming and inviting it looks. The sign reads ‘Sarah''s House, more than a place to stay’. It sure is, it’s a welcoming home away from home for folks who suddenly are facing their toughest fight ever - the fight for their life. As one of the State’s largest providers of Behavioral and Home Healthcare, we work with hundreds of families in rural Maine each year who are battling cancer and all the related challenges. Sarah's House provides not only an affordable place to stay to reduce the physical and financial stress of traveling for medical care, but a supportive and caring atmosphere of hope for those undergoing treatment.” Mike Stair, COO Care & Comfort
Sarah’s House is a nine-bedroom hospitality home serving adult patients who are receiving treatment at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center in Brewer. Those that live more than 30 miles from the Cancer Center can stay for a suggested donation of $15.00 per night, however if this presents a financial hardship assistance is available thanks to generous and caring supporters.
Until cancer directly affects us or a loved one we may not truly understand that along with the overwhelming decisions that need to be made regarding treatments, there are a myriad of logistical and financial factors to consider. This was true for Sarah Robinson, who as a Lafayette Center patient met and became friends with many who traveled for hours daily to and from Brewer to receive treatment. Her passionate mission to create a home away from home for cancer patients is inspiring; we hope you will take a few minutes to read her story at www.sarahshouseofmaine.org. The summer before she passed while in remission, Sarah was quoted as saying: “It was in my battle with cancer that I found my purpose for living.”
This gift was made possible through The Jeans Fund, an ongoing collaborative fundraising effort between Care & Comfort and its employees. Every Friday is Jean Day and staff may leave their usual work attire at home and wear jeans for a $2.00 donation. The company then matches every dollar raised, and the employees of each branch select their local beneficiary semi-annually.
During the presentation, Mike remarked “We are very pleased our Bangor staff chose to support Sarah's House with this donation as it is an important part of the region''s health care network where all guests are treated with integrity, respect, and support without regard to financial resources. With this gift, we also honor Sarah Robinson whose dream was to build a cancer hospitality house and all the volunteers who made that dream a reality.”