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Items needed for fundraiser to ease financial burden of cancer patients

 

By MOLLY CALLAHAN

WESTSHORE – A program that helps cancer patients experiencing a financial crisis while undergoing treatment at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland or its affiliated outpatient cancer center is seeking auction items for a fundraising event this fall.

Let Em Roll – Casino Night will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the West Side Irish-American Club, 8559 Jennings Road, in Olmsted Township. The fund raiser, formerly known as Night at the Races, will have a casino theme, said oncology social worker Gwen Paull. It will feature a silent auction and Chinese raffle plus blackjack, a roulette wheel and slot machines, she said.

The event will benefit the Caring Continues Fund, which was founded in 2001 by the widower of a cancer patient. “He created this fund in his late wife’s’ honor to ease the financial difficulties of those who are in the fight for their lives,” Paull said.

Organizers are looking for donations from businesses and individuals for the silent auction and Chinese raffle. They will welcome products, services and gift cards as well as event sponsors, she said.

The Caring Continues Fund provides practical items, such as money to pay bills and gasoline gift cards for patients who travel long distances for frequent treatments, she said. “It’s not an endless pot, but it does help,” Paull said, adding that income is not a criterion for benefiting from the fund.

“Many times as oncology social workers we hear from patients that they are experiencing financial hardships,” Paull said. “Often our patients must take a temporary or long-term leave from their jobs while in treatment. Our patients may be overwhelmed with their bills and obligations.”

The oncology social work staff at the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center – Fairview Hospital (commonly known as the Moll Center) manages the fund with help from the Community West Foundation, she said. The fund has helped thousands of patients in its 16 years and all the money raised goes to help patients, Paull said.

Anyone interested in donating an item or becoming a sponsor of Let Em Roll – Casino Night may contact Paull at gwpaul@ccf.org or oncology social workers Peggy Filippi, pefili@ccf.org, and Nicole Herbst, niherb@ccf.org. You also may contact them with questions about the event or the fund and to order event tickets, which are $50 each.

 

 

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