"To be a human being is to be in a state of tension between your appetites and your dreams,
and the social realities around you and your obligations to your fellow man".
June 2021 Newsletter
Maria thanks YOU!
Maria started coming to the clinic when it was located in Woodstock where she lives. ‘I remember my Aunt telling me about this wonderful clinic where I could receive great care and be charged a small fee.’ At the time, Maria was a homemaker, ‘and I was taking care of my son Danny full-time because he required 24-hour care. I had flu symptoms and I was quite sick. I remember my first visit was with a nurse named Alma and she was so comforting and caring. I felt instantly confident in her and I knew that I was in such a good place.’ 

For several years Maria came to the clinic and almost every time her nurse was Alma. ‘Alma was always there to help me, especially through some difficult times with my special needs son. She instilled confidence in me when I was pretty down and I could talk to her when I needed to.’ 

In December in 2014, Maria became quite ill. She saw our NP Martha and tests confirmed Maria had thyroid cancer and needed surgery. At that same time, her son was in a hospital in Rockford and she was unable to see him because she had to go to Loyola in Chicago. “I was very very upset to be away from my son and I worried so much about him. It was a bad time in my life and Martha was my rock through it all. She was understanding and loving.’

When Maria contacted Loyola pre-surgery she was was denied and ‘thankfully a kind staff member at the clinic called and corrected what was wrong and I got the surgery and it was completed covered.’ 

Sadly, shortly after her surgery Danny passed away. “I was fortunate to have the clinic because it felt like home, everyone cared so much about me through my grief. I did not have to worry about my health needs or how I was going to afford it and it was a blessing to not worry about other things at a time when I was so down.’

‘I want to say thank to all the donors who support the clinic so that I and others have the clinic to go to when we are sick. The clinic staff saved my life because without them I would have had no one to go to. Thank God for all of you and the care I received at no charge. I have always been treated with care, love and empathy. I owe my life to all of you.’
                                        --- Maria R., Woodstock
Wowza - what a great turnout for our first Pedalpalooza! Just over 350 participants joined and 36 small businesses partnered with the clinic. Together with you we raised $43,000.00 for our clinic patients. You have impacted so many lives - THANK YOU.

Volunteer Gardeners Needed!

Are you a gardener looking to donate some of your bounty or just looking for a great opportunity to make a difference?

We invite you to join our Community Grows Garden Partner Project that benefits our patients (most who live in apartments and do not have a yard to use).

Plant an extra row of lettuce, pop in an extra tomato or cucumber plant. Anything goes and every veggie counts!

Drop off is Monday morning at the Clinic and we will provide a garden basket for you and swap out a new one each Monday.

Last year, our Garden Partners donated over 2000 pounds of locally grown produce!

Contact Kristina to volunteer or for more info, knemetz@hpclinic.org or 779-220-9305

Please RSVP as soon as possible. THANK YOU!

We are helping to spread that news that GAVERS COMMUNITY CANCER FOUNDATION BARNDANCE is back for 2021!!!!!! The clinic receives grants from the foundation and Barndance is their major fundraiser.

From the Gavers Community Cancer Foundation website regarding Barndance 2021:

'So in 2020 we paused and for good reason.
We can’t wait to gather on July 17th and pick up where we left off with the 20th anniversary which was a grand slam.'
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