The Club presented a check for $1,000.00 to Ms. Mary Crosby, the President, and CEO of East End Hospice, at the Club’s monthly meeting at the American Hotel on Wednesday night October 25.
The presentation of the check was made by Lion Colin Mather to Ms. Crosby. Afterward, Ms. Crosby presented her remarks to the membership and their guests assembled. East End Hospice provides its end-of-life services from central Brookhaven Township to the lighthouses on the North and South Forks.
In Ms. Crosby’s remarks, she let the members know about one of East End Hospice’s programs called Camp Good Grief. this is a bereavement camp for grieving children and teenagers. She made a specific point that the club’s $1,000.00 donation will provide the funding for one child to attend this camp and begin to heal.
Ms. Crosby began her nursing career at a large cancer hospital in New York City. She shared a heartbreaking story about a terminally ill woman in that hospital that was unable to attend her son’s wedding due to her illness. Ms. Crosby found that the care that terminally ill patients were not receiving proper human care, aside from medicine, leading up to the end of their lives. Ms. Crosby left her position and worked towards building East East End Hospice where that terminally ill woman would have had several volunteers to help her to apply makeup, be dressed, and immediately be provided a wheelchair so that she could have been able to attend the wedding.
Several club members have family members that have availed themselves of the life-affirming services and appreciate the caring, charitable work of East End Hospice.