This week, Cedar Haven staff members demonstrated their “Commitment to Care” in a unique and powerful way. From the daily care and smiles these team members share to donations of their time and money towards worthy causes, family members at this facility can attest to the true care and support the staff provides for their residents. On Thursday, March 30th, Cedar Haven staff hosted a fundraiser for Huntington’s Disease, including a wonderful raffle basket and a bake sale. Students from the Lebanon County Career & Technology Center volunteered to assist with the bake sale. Kreamer Funeral Home donated a Radio Flyer wagon full of goodies and 4 tickets to Hersheypark. The staff also had an option to participate in two dress down days, donating $1 for each day they dressed down this week. The staff set a goal of raising $1000 and ultimately raised over $1800. All proceeds will benefit the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, a leader in Huntington’s Disease research.
“A lot of people don’t know about Huntington’s Disease and neither did I before I started working here,” shared Penny Kleinfelter, who works in Cedar Haven’s Therapeutic Recreation department. “That’s when I realized how it affects some of our residents and their families. As a staff, we wanted to do something to help. That desire led to our first fundraiser about 5 years ago and it has grown from there.”
Huntington’s Disease is an inherited disease which affects nerve cells in the brain. You can learn more about Huntington’s Disease, its symptoms, and how scientists are working to find effective treatments or a cure at the Huntington Disease Society of America website.
Last year, Cedar Haven team members raised over $750 for Huntington’s Disease research. You can see the post celebrating their 2016 fundraiser here.
Please join us in thanking the Cedar Haven staff for the outstanding care and support they offer to residents. Our heartfelt thanks are also extended to Kreamer Funeral Home for their generous donation and the Lebanon Valley Career & Technology Center students who volunteered their time for the bake sale.