Edmarc Hospice for Children in Portsmouth has performed an important role in Hampton Roads for more than four decades in helping children with serious illnesses and their families to cope with bereavement.
Christmas is a wonderful time for most children. Sadly, if your child is suffering from a serious illness it can be a very harrowing time of the year.
The mission of Edmarc Hospice for Children has been to ease the trauma of a child’s illness on a family and to reduce the disabling effects of pediatric illness, or bereavement on families in the Hampton Roads area.
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers is happy to be supporting the Edmarc Hospice for Children in our winter Facebook ‘likes’ campaign.
Deborah Stitzer-Brame is the executive director of the non-profit.
“Edmarc remembers that the child carries that illness and that tremendous burden. But so do the parents and the brothers and sisters and everyone involved in the care of that child,” she said.
Edmarc provides nursing care, support care and bereavement care. It has just 16 members of staff. Edmarc relies heavily on the support of volunteers.
It takes nursing care into a child’s home and does everything it can to support the child in a residential setting.
It works closely with Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD) and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and helps in the transition out of the hospital.
“We work really hard with those institutions to get the children out of the hospital as quickly as possible from the point of diagnosis so that we can take them home and do everything we can to take care of them,” Stitzer-Brame said.
She said there’s a recognition of the burden a child with an illness places on a family. Edmarc can help support families by helping with heating bills or buying groceries. It could be as simple as allowing a mom to talk about the feelings she is going through, Stitzer-Brame said.
Volunteers are integrated throughout the process whether power washing a house, mowing a lawn or supporting siblings in a home with an ill child.
“We would hope and pray that every child could experience a healthy discharge or cure or remission. It doesn’t happen all the time,” said Stitzer-Brame. Sadly, too many times children lose their battles and Edmarc is going to be there during those deep dark moments … the reason we are able to do that is because the community is so supportive.”
Edmarc has to raise $1 million a year to support the fragile children who Stitzer-Brame say need their help more than ever before.
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Recently Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers presented a check for $500 to the SPCA of Virginia Beach at the end of our fall Facebook ‘likes’ campaign.
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