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Sarah Sullivan, 35, has seen over 200 different doctors in her lifetime and had her first open heart surgery at 2 months old.
A rare blood disease has left Sarah with few options, but she has chosen to live the rest of her life enjoying every moment in the coziness of her home, receiving care and support from the EveryStep Hospice team.

Sarah has become dependent on a trilogy ventilator machine, allowing her to breathe comfortably and maintain her oxygen levels. Medicaid does not cover this type of care. Fortunately, the EveryStep Foundation has been able to fund the expenses. Not only has our organization played a critical role in Sarah’s level of comfort, health and quality of life, but the EveryStep team has helped her find joy. Last year, our Foundation paid to have Sarah’s sister and her family flown in for the holidays. It was the first time in 20 years the family had been together on Christmas.

 


 

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Blog

December 10, 2018 A Story from Our Amanda the Panda Program: Madee Carder

Madee Carder almost didn't attend the class that would change her life. Like many grief support professionals, she took the scenic route on her journey to her life's passion, and ultimately, her role at EveryStep's Grief & Loss Services' Amanda the Panda program. "I have always known that I wanted to work with children and adolescents. So I actually started out going to school as an elementary education major," Carder explained. When a representative from Hamilton's Funeral home visited her children's literature class to talk about their grief and loss program, Carder was surprised to learn that such programs for children even existed. "The next day I was in my advisor's office changing my major [to] Child, Adult and Family Services" she recalled.

December 3, 2018 A Story from Our Hospice Houses: Dena Williams

Death altered every aspect of Dena Williams' life. "Someone said it's life altering, and it really is. It doesn't matter how old you are. I'm 50 and I can't imagine anything harder ever happening to me than losing my parents," she explained while reminiscing about her late-father's time at EveryStep's Kavanagh House on 56th Street. "It's very surreal, it's very surreal." Clyde Williams married Dena's mother when Dena was eight-years old. He raised her, along with her two brothers until they were old enough to live on their own. Even then, he was never far, living only a short distance away from where Dena settled down.

November 28, 2018 Celebrating the Holidays with a Box of Cheer

Last December, Terri Arthur was in her garage when her son called her from inside the house. "There's a big box on the patio," he told her. Despite the bustling holiday season with packages coming and going from the back of the mailman's truck, Terri couldn't remember ordering anything. Especially a large gift-wrapped box. With a bit of hesitation and anticipation, Terri trudged out to the patio to retrieve the package. "I got it inside and opened it up," Terri recalls. "Then I cried like a baby."