Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Partners in Health raffle

Partners in Health is a Community Bridges program that provides services to families who have children with chronic health conditions. The Partners in Health Family Council, consisting of eight family members, is selling calendars representing each day of the month of May 2009 as a fundraiser for the Partners in Health program. For each day, the purchaser is eligible to win a gift. Names are reentered into the raffle so there is more than one opportunity to win. On the last day of the month, May 31, a signed and framed Tom Brady football shirt will be raffled off, a value of $350. The cost for the calendar is $5 each. To purchase a calendar, visit the website at: or call 225-4153 ext. 387.

The families who are supported by Partners in Health are often overwhelmed with caring for a child who has a serious chronic condition. The demands of the care may interfere with their ability to work fulltime, or at all, and with their capacity to pay for the enormous expenses incurred by caring for their family member. These expenses could include travel expenses to frequent doctor visits or overnight stays at hotels to be near their child who is in the hospital. Last year, Partners in Health assisted 80 families in Merrimack County.

“I wish I had known about Community Bridges at the start of my son’s illness. My son has since passed away, but Community Bridges was there for us to help us through the grieving. Words cannot express how thankful we are to Community Bridges,” said Robert Magill, parent and member of the Partners in Health Family Council. “I want more people to know about Community Bridges and I am doing what I can do to get the word out. We think this raffle will not only help us raise awareness for the program, but it will also help us raise needed funds to assist families.”

The Partners in Health calendar fundraiser will help support families in the region who care for a loved one with a chronic illness. The funds raised from the calendars will help cover costs and expenses not met by insurance, or any other sources, to ensure that families will have assistance to cover the most basic costs while caring for their loved one.

“Partners in Health has been a Community Bridges program since 2002. Since that time, we continue to receive numerous letters from families thanking us for the support they received through the program,” said Roy Gerstenberger, Executive Director of Community Bridges. “Families are often overwhelmed when caring for a child with a chronic health condition. We do everything we can to help ease their concerns so they can focus on doing what they do best - being a parent.”

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