Hi everyone! This year I am proud to be running the Run for the Health of It 5K in my lovely hometown of Northport, Long Island! I'll be running the May 2019 race in memory of my mother, Joan Taber, who grew up, attended high school, got married, and raised a family in Northport. My sisters and I also grew up in Northport and attended Northport High School where my father taught English for many years.
I moved back to Northport in December 2016 to help care for my mom after she was diagnosed with cancer at age 70. Six months later, when she chose to stop receiving medical treatment, Visiting Nurse Service stepped in and took amazing care of her – from providing weekly nurse visits, an acupuncturist, counselors, supplies, equipment, and even a hospital bed when her conditioned worsened later that fall.
They were also there for us when she died the morning of November 10, 2017, almost one year after her initial diagnosis. In the weeks and months after her death, VNS periodically called to check in and provided us with the opportunity to participate in grief support groups.
I can't say enough good about Visiting Nurse Service and how much easier they made my and my family's life during that difficult time. While my mother felt more comfortable living out her final days at home, Hospice House is an incredible service provided by VNS, and I am honored to help raise money for them in her memory.
The Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk (VNSHS) established in 1952 as a home care nursing agency, remains a free-standing community based not for profit organization proud of its human touch in an increasingly complex health care world. Our Hospice House, with 8 private bedrooms, provides a supporting homelike environment where families and friends can share their final days with loved ones. During the past 15 years, more than 4,000 patients have been lovingly cared for by our compassionate and professional staff and supported by family and friends. One hundred percent of your donation benefits Hospice House. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.