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2019 End-of-Year Appeal


“He’s the guardian angel for my little angel.”
~Tamera Bailey, mother of Sierra Wimpy

Grandpa Howard was a wonderful man - the one everyone would run to when they were sad. For 28-year-old Sierra Wimpy, he was a pillar of strength from infancy until she took her last breath. As her strength deteriorated during the rapid progression of colon cancer, she still found strength to always say “Hi Grandpa” when he stood at the end of her bed.

Grandpa Howard passed away in 2013. So how was it possible for Sierra to have seen him and say hello? End-of-life dreams and visions (ELDVs) are a psychological phenomenon that are displayed while asleep or awake, and usually features deceased family and friends in the months or hours before death. They can provide comfort and peace for both patients and families. Hospice Buffalo is one of the leading researchers in ELDVs, setting out to change the landscape of hospice care, by not only managing symptoms medically, but by also promoting the psychological and spiritual well-being of the dying.

The quality-of-life care Hospice provides extends beyond the programs and services provided. It supports fundamental research with the goal to further enhance medical and holistic approaches at end-of-life. The kindness and generosity of the Western New York community is critical. Please take a moment to read about Sierra’s experience and the beginning of her journey at Hospice. Please consider giving a gift to support Hospice’s mission and commitment of providing comfort and care to all in our community who need us.

Thank you in advance for your support.


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Patrick T. Flynn
President, Hospice Foundation of Western New York, Inc.




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