Gerald Subaru Gives Hope, Warmth to Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center Participants
Hope and love – and blankets. Participants at Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center were the recipients of these comforts, generously provided by Gerald Subaru of Naperville partnering with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, or LLS.
Throughout the month of June, visitors to Gerald Subaru of Naperville were invited to write personalized messages of support to cancer patients in their communities. In July, Alec McKean of Gerald Subaru delivered the messages, along with 80 brand new blankets, to Waterford Place, presenting them to a group of participants. Jim and Patty White, volunteers with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, also attended the presentation. LLS partners with Subaru on this national initiative.
The donation has a big impact on center participants, according to Kelly Huggins, Waterford Place program development and operations manager. “The community support from the donation from Gerald Subaru makes our participants feel so special!” she said.
Both the blankets and the messages will provide warmth to Waterford Place participants. Because of their suppressed immunities, many participants take their own blankets with them when they go for chemotherapy treatments or to meditation classes, so the blankets are especially useful. And the messages exuded warmth and encouragement, with sentiments such as “Greetings from a 42+ year survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Keep going! God bless,” “You are an inspiration to us. Keep on fighting,” “Never give up!!” and “You are fighting a difficult battle. Keep being brave!! Sending you love and support.”
“It’s a great program,” McKean said. “The messages show how compassionate everyone is.” Subaru encourages its dealerships to give back, and Gerald Subaru participates in several initiatives throughout the year.
Nationwide this year, Subaru and LLS will deliver more than 43,000 blankets to those fighting cancer in hospitals and treatment centers across the county. Over the last three years, more than 100,000 patients in nearly 700 hospitals have been reached through the “Subaru Loves to Care” program.
Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center offers free programs and services to anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis, including patients, survivors and caregivers. The center offers support programs, such as short-term counseling and support groups; complementary therapies, such as oncology massage and facials; wellness classes, including yoga, Tai Chi and cooking demonstrations; stress management programs, including mindfulness and guided meditation; and seminars on topics like managing treatment-related side effects and advances in cancer treatment. Waterford Place is funded entirely through philanthropy raised by Rush Copley Foundation through grants, donations and special events.
This is the second time Waterford Place has been the recipient of blankets. Last year, Gerald Subaru of North Aurora made the donation.
About Waterford Place
Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center is where help meets hope. Free of charge, programs and services are offered to anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis regardless of where they receive treatment. The center’s warm environment invites participants to thrive while living with cancer by engaging in exercise and nutrition classes, meditation and art programs, informational workshops, support groups and salon and spa services. Waterford Place is a community program of Rush Copley Medical Center.
About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered in Camden, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 630 retailers across the United States. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $120 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours.
About the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care. Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada.