Quick and Easy: Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter

MAD-midwest-palliativeSupport care for terminally ill patients in need by attending Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter’s “Care Affair,” the organization’s annual fundraising gala.

Organized by the Service Board of Midwest CareCenter, this celebratory event will feature entertainment from City Lights Orchestra, great food, live and silent auctions and awards. The night will include a special presentation of the Midwest CareCenter 2013 Community Service Awardees and long-time supporters, Karen Marshak-Hilder and Scott Byron.

Proceeds from Care Affair will support comprehensive palliative and hospice care programs, as well as CampCare.

When: Saturday, May 4, 7 p.m.

Where: Hotel Orrington, 1710 Orrington Ave., Evanston

How: For more information or to RSVP, call Linda Rockwell at (847) 556-1778 or purchase tickets online.

Mission: For 35 years, Midwest CareCenter, a nonprofit organization that serves more than 3,200 patients every year in 150 communities in Chicago, has been redefining palliative and hospice care. They work to support the whole person with truly innovative world-class care.

Like most people, Peter Glidden and Paula Roderick (pictured above) knew little about hospice until they needed it. When Peter was diagnosed with end-stage liver cancer, he chose to live his remaining time without aggressive treatments. The couple wanted to focus on enjoying every moment. “We did so many amazing things through hospice that we were able to do because the hospice people were so good at taking care of Peter,” Paula says. The hospice team made Peter comfortable and guided Paula in how to care for him.

What mattered most to Peter during hospice were his three last wishes: to visit his son in Seattle, meet Paula’s family in Cape Cod and marry her. With help from Midwest CareCenter, his dreams were fulfilled. Peter traveled without discomfort or pain, and married Paula in an intimate ceremony at the center in a celebration of their life together.