Connection of Love - Fall Appeal 2019
At 28 years of age, one is not supposed to have to confront one’s own mortality. At 28 years old with a four-year old son, a fiancé, a close and loving family, and friends near and far, Sierra Wimpy was supposed to have a full-life ahead to journey through new adventures and create more memories. Instead, she was fighting to live, despite the unrelenting pain and symptoms she endured from metastatic colon cancer.
Sierra arrived at the Mary & Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Hospice Inpatient Unit (HIU) with the outlook that cancer would not beat her – holding on strongly to her dreams and aspirations that had to be fulfilled.
However, after weeks in the HIU, her condition continued to decline. It became apparent to her family that they had a very limited time with her. Hospice Buffalo’s interdisciplinary team (physician, nurse practitioner, social worker, expressive therapists and chaplain) met with Sierra, her mom Tammy, her stepfather, and her four siblings, to help them understand the reality of Sierra’s prognosis and prepare for the inevitable.
Hospice Buffalo’s mission is to provide care, comfort, and guidance when people need it most and every team member takes steps to uphold this mission – to not only provide end-of-life care, but quality-of-life care.
The generous support of our Western New York community helps Hospice Buffalo continue the crucial care provided to patients and families during one of the most difficult times in their lives. Please take a moment to read Sierra’s story and consider making a gift to the Fall Annual Fund Appeal.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Patrick T. Flynn
President, Hospice Foundation of Western New York, Inc.