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How Your Giving Helps

Susan Levine

Why Your Donations Are So Important

By Susan Levine
Executive Director
Hospice of the Valley

Everyone who comes to our not-for-profit agency is served regardless of ability to pay.  

Charity care to patients without insurance or means to pay totaled $14.2 million in 2013, up from $13 million in 2011.

We deeply appreciate the generosity of donors who ensure we’re able to provide this care through contributions totaling nearly $11 million.

How does your giving help? You support young families of our pediatric patients, burdened with medical expenses and other financial losses that aren’t compensated by insurance. Your giving enables us to offer Outreach Palliative Care – a program of Hospice of the Valley – to serve patients with late-stage chronic illnesses who aren’t ready for hospice. You helped us care for a self-employed man in his 50’s who dropped his health insurance when he couldn’t afford the premiums, then got cancer.

We couldn’t do it without you. Thanks for all you do to support our mission.  

Helping Hand Fund Makes Magic Happen

Kevin Pratt-King was headed toward a career in architecture when an aggressive form of brain cancer changed everything for the young man. He quit his studies at Arizona State University, underwent surgeries and treatment, and ultimately came on Hospice of the Valley’s service in January.

Now life for Kevin and his wife Tashi is about the small pleasures, like going to a Broadway musical. In March, the couple experienced one of theater’s best, thanks to the tenacity of Hospice of the Valley staff and the Helping Hand Fund.

Mimi Carrion-Loucks, clinical resource social worker, scored two impossible-to-get tickets to “Wicked” for $200, paid for by the fund. The couple enjoyed an evening at ASU Gammage and celebrated an early third wedding anniversary. Both longtime theater buffs, they lost themselves in the amazing sets, music and performances.

"Just to experience it washing over me, to forget about things for a while and enjoy it…it was a good way to spend an evening," said Kevin, 27. "It was one of the best evenings I’ve had in a long, long time."

Hospice of the Valley's Helping Hand Fund has been assisting patients and families since 1998, covering non-medical urgent needs, such as overdue utility payments or funeral expenses and also granting special wishes. 

Hospice of the Valley Fund Development
1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.5656
Contact Us | Phone: 602.530.6992 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
HOV is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit hospice, Tax ID: 86-0338886.
Your donation is tax-deductible as permitted by law.