Community West Foundation…The ‘Caring Continues’ Assists Cancer Patients During Treatment

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One of the challenges faced by those fighting cancer is that their household bills still come in, even when patients are unable to earn an income.

Supporting those patients and their families in their time of financial need is the mission of The Caring Continues, a fund that the oncology social workers at the Cancer Center Fairview Hospital, Moll Pavilion use to provide needed monetary help.

Their annual fundraiser, A Night at the Races, hosted by Community West Foundation took place the evening of Nov. 12 at Wagner’s of Westlake.

Dr. Timothy Spiro, Medical Director of the Moll Cancer Center at Fairview Hospital and his wife Lorraine.

Dr. Timothy Spiro, Medical Director of the Moll Cancer Center at Fairview Hospital and his wife Lorraine.

Families, former patients, hospital employees and guests had a great time playing the ponies on a video racetrack while also raising important funds for The Caring Continues.

“Through your generosity, we as Oncology Social Workers were able to help over 200 patients this year with rent, utilities, medication, car payments and transportation to medical appointments,” said Nicole Herbst, LSW. “We also provided Giant Eagle gift cards to assist with gasoline and food expenses. Nicole teams with fellow social workers Peggy Filippi, LISW, Debbie Adams, LSW, Gwen Paull, LISW and Traci Herbruck, LISW, in coordinating the Fund.

Social workers and event coordinators Traci Herbruck, Peggy Filippi, Nicole Herbst, Debbie Ad-ams and Gwen Paull.

Social workers and event coordinators Traci Herbruck, Peggy Filippi, Nicole Herbst, Debbie Ad-ams and Gwen Paull.

Guests were welcomed by Dr. Tim Spiro, Medical Director, Moll Pavilion, with good news on the war against cancer. “Medical knowledge now doubles every 48 months and, as a result, I have an armamentarium of medications we can use in our fight against cancer,” said Dr. Spiro. Cancer is now, in many cases, a manageable disease with the right medication regimen. One of his patients, reports Dr. Spiro, is now in her 90’s and has successfully fought cancer for 12 years.

Another speaker, cancer survivor and grateful patient, Ed Godic spoke of the importance of fighting the good fight not only medically but through support networks like The Caring Continues. “If there is one word I can use to define what sets the Cancer Center Fairview Hospital Moll Pavilion apart, it is compassion,” he said.

“We are grateful to Fairview Hospital and Community West Foundation for their guidance and support of these funds,” said Nicole. “It is truly appreciated by our oncology patients whose lives are made a little easier by your giving spirit.”

Want to support The Caring Continues? Please phone Community West Foundation at (440) 360-7370.

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