Dear NWHH Friends and Family,
At NWHH, we know that our biggest strength is our inspiring community of courageous, giving, fighters and supporters. These past few days have called us to reexamine how we continue to support and cultivate our community during this challenging time.
But we’re used to getting through hard times together.
On behalf of all of us at Northwest Hope and Healing, we have made the difficult decision to pause this years’ fashion show celebration gala “Style ’20,” and to reschedule “Cashmere & Caviar” (date TBD), in order to ensure the health and safety of our community.
This is not a decision we made lightly, we love coming together with all of you and the Style Fashion Fundraiser is our most important fundraiser of the year – raising over 80% of our funds. We had a goal this year to raise $500,000 in order to meet the increasing need to cover basic essentials for local women while undergoing breast and gynecological cancer treatment.
I am hearing more than ever, how much we are needed – now. Social workers at Swedish are flagging increased requests for support related to COVID-19 due to:
- Job losses and concerns about future employment
- Parents of young children undergoing chemotherapy without any support due to social distancing
- Need for immunocompromised patients to take private transportation instead of mass transit or relying on older relatives
- Higher requests for food cards and delays in receiving support with the postponement of non-treatment related appointments
- The need to send gift cards or other support via certified mail adding time, complexity, and expense
With our fundraisers on hold, we need to come together and find other ways to raise these dollars to help.
As part of that, I ask that you consider making a donation in the amount that you would have spent on a ticket purchase, or making a gift of any size to help during these challenging times. In addition, please pass this message along to your friends, and let me know if you have other fun ideas to involve our community.
Even though school and work may be slowing down for many of us, cancer doesn’t take time off. As we seek to fill the needs we already see, we also want to know – How else can we help? We know we can continue all the best parts of what makes NWHH so special through reaching out to each other, by giving what we can, and by having the grace to ask for the help and support that we need.
If you, or someone you know, is on their journey of healing – have you experienced a new need? Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. We’re looking forward to continuing to be a source of Hope and Healing – whatever that looks like for you.
Please take care of yourself, your families, and your community.
In Hope and Healing,
Karyn Blasi Hellar,
And the NWHH Staff, Event Committees, and Board of Directors