Last month I had the privilege of participating in an extraordinary fund-raising effort co-sponsored by some of our Philadelphia offices for the Great Guys Group in Wayne, Pa. Its mission blends beautifully with ours, so I jumped at the chance to join in the Home Helpers Ruby 5K Run & Walk.
The greater Philadelphia area has more than 106,000 families, affected by cancer, who could benefit from the type of assistance funded by the Ruby Run which allows them to remain in their homes where they can experience the comfort of family and friends. Funds raised go toward expenses such as rent or the mortgage, utilities, and phone services that might be put in jeopardy due to the financial demands of cancer treatment.
Paul Isenberg, the founder of the Great Guys Group, knows first-hand the monetary dilemmas those families can face. His wife, Nicole, died in 2003 after a battle with breast cancer. During her treatment, generous neighbors helped them with routine expenses, which freed up money for her care.
That generosity reduced their stress, so much so that he started the group to help other families in the same situation. So far, more than 3,300 families have received assistance through the Great Guys Group.
At Home Helpers we know that people coping with cancer or other debilitating diseases prefer to remain in their homes for as long as possible. We’ve seen it up-close as our caregivers provide comprehensive home care services that lets them enjoy the privacy, safety and comfort of their own homes.
Partnering with the Great Guys Group was a wonderful opportunity for us to spread the word about this worthy organization. I was joined by more than 90 participants on the course, and with the support of the 32 sponsors, they raised more than $6,000. I also wanted to thank the 20 volunteers who pulled everything together to make for such an outstanding experience.
If you want to learn more about the Great Guys Group, visit the website at www.greatguys.org.