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Caregiver Stories & Gifts

We believe that caregivers deserve the chance to “recharge, refresh, and renew,” and the support structure CaringOn developed allows caregivers to accept this special gesture free of worry, stress and financial cost. Through donations from individuals and corporations, CaringOn is able to provide the necessary support and services needed so the caregiver has peace of mind while they enjoy their gift, step away and take care of themselves. This time/respite provides the caregiver with time to refresh, renew, recharge and come back rejuvenated and with a new energy. Below are a handful of the stories from our caregiver gifts.

From Linda to Nancy

Nancy Seidman’s husband, Edward, was diagnosed with stage 4 bone cancer, which had metastasized from lung cancer. Nancy, who was dealing with her own health issues, had a difficult time getting out of the house …

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For Kevin from Maria

Maria Joiner, a strong woman diagnosed with colon cancer metastasis, wanted to give her brother Kevin Stewart a gift to thank him for caring for her. As she says, “Kevin is a very quiet, unassuming …

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For Safiya from Jessica

Safiya is an amazing woman who balanced being a working mom to an active 3 year old and taking care of her husband, Marques. Marques was only 26 years old when he was diagnosed with …

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For Aldona from Maggie

Aldona Kudirka was honored by her daughter Maggie with a trip to Longwood Gardens in May. Maggie was diagnosed at age 23 with stage 4 breast cancer in June 2014 and Aldonna has been there …

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For India from Linda

India Johnson was nominated by her mother, Linda Adamson, who was diagnosed in 2015 with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. India lives with and cares for Linda as well as her own young daughter, and …

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CaringOn Honors Jessica Fox at La Cuchara Event

At this week’s happy hour event, CaringOn honored a well-deserving woman who exemplifies our mission. Jessica Fox is a Nurse Navigator/Social Worker at Medstar Union Memorial Hospital whose work focuses on cancer patients there.  Her …

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For Jillian

Jillian Gillece was nominated by the nurses at Medstar Union Memorial Hospital for taking care of her father, the late James Gillece, who was treated there for advanced colon cancer. Jillian is a social worker …

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For Tara and Geraldine

Susan and Lee of CaringOn gave a gift of 4 Ravens football tickets to caregiver Tara Mack at Medstar Union Memorial Hospital on Thursday in the oncology infusion suite with her mother, Geraldine Jenkins, a …

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From Crystal to Ellezzie

Ellezzie Simpson is a mother of eight children in Baltimore.  Two of her children are very ill and Ellezzie goes back and forth between them, taking care of them, and working a fulltime job.  Her …

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From Kristen to Dan

This gift was given to Dan by his wife Kristen who was undergoing heavy chemo treatments last spring. Dan is a Baltimore County Police Officer and enjoyed a manly day at a spa with lunch. …

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From Bud to Pat and Lee

Bud with his tag team Caregivers, Leah, his daughter, and Pat, his wife. Bud passed away after fighting a Stage IV cancer diagnosis. Because of his love for his family, he was able to stay …

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From Susan to her Husband

Susan Rodgers, stage 4 cancer patient, not shown here, gave the gift of Refresh, Renew, Recharge, to her husband, Mike (in center), and his tag team helpers. A limo picked the guys up for dinner …

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For Sheila from Hugh

Julie, nominated her mother, Sheila, who works full time, while still caring for her husband Hugh. Hugh, who has advanced cancer, surprised his daughter and wife to a day of spa treatments and lunch. After …

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From Gloria to Latoya

Gloria Queen is an advanced breast cancer patient at Medstar Union Memorial Hospital; her daughter Latoya Wilson lives with her and takes care of her while going to college and working a fulltime job. CaringOn …

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