The eighth-annual Judy Maple Memorial Golf Classic was held July 21 at Spring Hills Golf Club in East Springfield with event proceeds earmarked for Valley Hospice to create a new caregiver education and support program called "Angel By My Side."
The program DVDs will be a supplement to the caregiving instruction currently taught by the Valley Hospice staff and will demonstrate basic techniques for day-to-day patient care and support for the caregiver.
"Caring for the physical needs of a person who suffers from an advanced illness does not come naturally to most people and understanding what the patient needs takes more than a one-time demonstration," said Cynthia Bougher, CEO of Valley Hospice. "Caring for a loved one is a full-time job, so we want caregivers to be able to learn and review caregiving techniques in the comfort of their own home."
The Judy Maple Foundation was established in 2005 in memory of the late Judy Maple of Toronto by her six children. Since its inception, the foundation's major recipients have included the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Valley Hospice, the Tony Teramana Cancer Center and the Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center.
This year marks more than $90,000 in donations having been made to these local organizations in addition to an annual scholarship at Edison High School, local charities including the Urban Mission Ministries and the City Rescue Mission, and local families in need.
Involved in the check presentation were Dave Maple Sr., Jennifer Maple Bash, Cindy Maple, Kevin Maple, Valley Hospice Foundation Director Judi Hladek, Valley Hospice CFO Rich DeLuca, Dave Maple Jr., Criss Maple and Steve Maple.