Picture this… A single mother moves to town with her children. She is working hard every day to make ends meet and to provide a good life for her family. Then she is served a blow. She’s diagnosed with breast cancer. The cancer does not scare her. She knows that the disease is likely to be cured relatively easily because of today’s technology. What scares this mother is how she is going to be able to battle the cancer while providing for her family. Not being able to work means struggling to put food on the table, pay for utilities, and even pay for the roof over their heads.
That story of the single mother is a true story, and there are many more like it. That is where the Patchin-Weston Endowment comes in. The endowment was established by Dr. Michael Shlaer in honor of one of his former patients, Art Patchin, Jr. and former foundation volunteer Will Weston. The endowment provides assistance to patients with serious illnesses who are facing financial crises. It makes sure that even if a patient has the inability to pay, they still receive the treatment they so desperately need.
You can support the endowment by taking part in this year’s Patchin Weston Celebration on Thursday, March 24th at the Augusta Country Club. The event includes a reception of heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and live and silent auctions. There will also be a drawing for a golf package including four Clubhouse badges to the Heritage Golf Tournament complete with lodging at Hilton Head on April 11-17. For more information you can contact the University Health Care Foundation at 706-667-0030.