The Redfield Board Room at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake is transformed into a special live broadcast studio for the day on Tuesday for the Annual High Peaks Hospice Radio day and Pledges to the organization are surpassing $45,500.00. Radio Day is one of the organization’s major fundraisers of the year and the donations will be used to cover some of the operating expenses at Hospice, which runs offices in Ticonderoga, Minerva and Saranac Lake.
During the month of May, Students from Petrova Elementary School in Saranac Lake raised 2,232.00 and presented High Peaks Hospice with a check during Radio Day. The Students at LP Quinn raised $8,100 towards the effort through many different fundraising efforts and presented their donations to Jim LaValley during a 2 hour television feature which will air again on Time Warner Cable at regular intervals through the next few days.
High Peaks Hospice Medical Director Dr George Cook says there’s a collusion between people who quite often try to ignore or save the feelings of loved ones.. and as we get older he says, we all need a list of 12 things to pay attention to including a will, a living will, a power of attorney, a diagnosis, a list of important contacts, a list of family members and friends along with their phone numbers and a plan for living when you can’t live at home any more. You should have a plan to stop driving the car, an obituary written and funeral arrangements planned in advance. “Hospice comes in to help take care of those 12 things,” Cook says.
In 1998 Radio day raised approximately $13,000 and the community has contributed as much as $75,000 to High Peaks Hospice during this event. This year, the contributions are just over $45,000.00