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Use Black Friday Savings To Help Patients on #GivingTuesday

Posted by Joseph Matty, JourneyCare Foundation President

Use Black Friday Savings To Help Patients on #GivingTuesday

Today on Black Friday, many of us are searching for the very best bargains we can find on our holiday gifts, but I hope many of you will also join me in extending the “thanks” and the “giving” of yesterday a bit longer.

Since joining JourneyCare early this year, this November is the start of my first holiday season as President of the JourneyCare Foundation. This month is also my first time celebrating National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Both events have created a valuable opportunity to reflect on the amazing care our JourneyCare teams deliver to our patients and their families every single day.


Not only am I thankful to our care teams for the amazing amount of expertise, passion and talent they bring to their work, but I am equally thankful to you, because this care would not be possible without your support.

Thanks to those who support us with their gifts each year, JourneyCare provides outstanding clinical care along with integrative therapies like Music Care Services, massage therapy and pet therapy that treat the whole patient – mind, body and spirit. And no one is turned away because of inability to pay.

Our JourneyCare Foundation team is also especially grateful for your support that takes our whole-person care one step further with the Comfort and Joy program. This fund helps patients and families with wide-ranging, non-medical needs that arise from the stress, as well as emotional and financial consequences, of serious illness. That help can include helping patients and their family sharing a special wish or assistance with day-to-day emergencies, like when a family member must leave work to care for a patient.

Generosity big and small – even those extra dollars saved today on Black Friday – can help continue all of these programs of care for every single family that needs us in the 10 counties JourneyCare serves in the Chicago area and northern Illinois.

That is why JourneyCare will participate in #GivingTuesday on November 29. During this international day of giving, we aim to raise $25,000 in 24 hours so we can provide our compassionate care to even more families facing serious illness.

And thanks to very generous donors, your gift can be matched dollar for dollar so they have twice the impact. 

With your help, we can continue with special projects, such as the Comfort and Joy wish that provided one family with an air conditioner for a patient’s home during extreme summer heat. Or specialized chairs fitted for our pediatric patients. Or helping a mother rent a tandem bike to peddle her daughter – our patient – around their neighborhood and make the most of each moment together.

It's small things like these, combined with our excellent, innovative clinical care, that mean the world to JourneyCare patients and families. I'm thankful for that, and I hope you feel the same and choose to help us by giving on November 29. To give a gift for #GivingTuesday, visit

Thank you for support and Happy Holidays to you and your family!

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