The beautiful thing about change...

“Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.” Robin Sharma

Well, we agree, though we might add overwhelming and uncertain to the beginning and positive and affirming to the end.

This has been a year of change for our Philanthropy team and for much of what we do, work that is both fueled by and supportive of the work done throughout our system of care. Some changes we pursued; others landed at our doorstep bringing challenges, opportunities and even sadness.

Change arrived in the form of loss with the passing of our great friend and visionary Peter Alfond; we initiated change by deciding that this year, the 14th annual, was the year to expand the mission and move the location of our cancer awareness walk to be inclusive of all cancers, not just breast, and to flow through the downtown of our capital city; change is underway in the form of a philosophical shift for end-of-life care as we develop a dedicated Comfort Care wing for terminal patients in need of specialized support at our Glenridge campus in Augusta; and change is coming as revisions to national health care churn through our political system (we did mention overwhelming and uncertain before, right?).

The beautiful thing about change – the “gorgeous” at the end of the hardship and messiness – is in the purpose and potential it reveals. Peter pushed us as a system to embrace an era of prevention and wellness before it was “hip” and he gifted us with the ability to grow those efforts to ensure more lives will be changed by access to wellness initiatives. That is gorgeous. Expanding the Walk for Hope mission invites hundreds more patients and families to be a part of an important community defined by a common denominator – it’s the coolest club you never want to belong to. But if you do, you’re in good, strong, hopeful company. That is gorgeous. Comfort Care and the palliative care philosophy upon which it’s built pushes us to acknowledge the inevitable end – so hard and so messy – and to embrace our final days with purpose and peace. Gorgeous.

Right now we are living the “hard and messy” of change for health care in our country. As they say these days, when it comes to health care reimbursement, the struggle is real! So the “gorgeous” is yet to be revealed, but in one way we see beauty everywhere: you. As a non-profit subject to external ebbs and flows, your support is invaluable and you are stepping up in inspiring ways. We’ve seen two years of growth in our leadership giving, three years of record-setting growth in employee contributions and continued growth in major gifts and event outcomes.

Change is hard; it’s messy – but you, you and your kindness are gorgeous. You are the gift.

We wish you and your loved ones the very best this holiday season. May the coming year be full of gorgeous. 

With warmth,


 

Who took the KSB 5K?

What a wonderful evening of fun and fundraising!

See photos from the event here.

 

 

Community Connections

Charlie's Family of Dealerships

With gratitude for the care...

 

Grateful Giver

Cathryn "Katy" Shevlin

Katy believed in her causes...

state-of-the-art care

Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care

Ten years of teamwork at your service

 

MaineGeneral Health
Office of Philanthropy

Physical location
35 Medical Center Parkway
Augusta, ME  04330-8067
Phone: (207) 626-1809
philanthropy@mainegeneral.org

Mail only
PO Box 828
Waterville, ME  04903

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MaineGeneral Health
Office of Philanthropy

Physical location
35 Medical Center Parkway
Augusta, ME  04330-8067
Phone: (207) 626-1809
philanthropy@mainegeneral.org

Mail only
PO Box 828
Waterville, ME  04903

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