ROCHELLE — Throughout October, employees at Americold held a t-shirt sale to raise funds for cancer patients at Rochelle Community Hospital. On Wednesday, a group presented a check for over $1,800 to members of the RCH Foundation’s board.
The funds will benefit the Foundation’s “All About Me” program which helps to provide resources to assist patients recently diagnosed with cancer or are going through treatments.
Americold’s general manager, Dan Lundquist, explained the employees at both Rochelle facilities participated in the fundraiser.
“We had a successful fundraiser. This is our first year and we hope to commit to doing this again … we want to keep it local,” Lundquist said. “The employees enjoy giving back to the community and we appreciate them participating in this fundraiser.”
Lundquist said Americold hosts several employee-engagement activities with both facilities.
“We meet once a month to decide what we want to do for that month,” said Ken Wolff, Americold employee. “We knew the month of October was breast cancer awareness month so we all said let’s do something and donate to the hospital. We are thinking about doing it again next October and hope to get more people involved.”
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All chemotherapy patients are provided with a “care bag” with items such as a water bottle, blanket, lotion, lip balm, nail file, toothbrush, date organizer and nutrition information to assist during treatment.
In recent years, several area businesses have partnered with RCH to host breast cancer awareness events to make this program possible. Any funds donated to the foundation for breast cancer awareness are used to purchase care bag items.
The RCH Foundation also has a scholarship program that helps patients’ quality of life with local resources and financial support. The scholarship offers a patient a one-time grant up to $500 per year or as funds are available which helps to provide assistance and/or gift cards for transportation, prescriptions, prosthetics, wigs, scarves and meals.