Message from Laura Shafer
I am going to miss being your SERWOCN President. It has been an up and down 2 years but I want you to know each and every one are special to me. This has been like a treasured scrapbook with many wonderful memories since I became a part of the SERWOCN in 1989! I feel many of you are wonderful friends. Each of you has changed my life in some way. I wish all of you a Happy Holiday and Merry Christmas!Laura Shafer,
BSN, RNC, CWON
Message from Glenda Brunette
This year has brought a great deal of upheaval & uncertainty. It has been painful on a global scale but I hope we emerge better prepared for future challenges. As nurses do, we have proven ourselves quietly, reliably, resilient in providing care on the front lines.
There have been positives that shouldn’t be overlooked. Healthcare has been delivered via telehealth where feasible to provide care while minimizing risk. Along similar lines, education has been provided via on-line platforms in an efficient but more distant, less connected manner. While necessary during the time of COVID-19, many have noted the lack of personal interaction, networking and vendor contact we enjoyed previously. We plan to provide an in-person conference next fall in Orlando, Florida. We hope to see you there.
As we look forward to 2021, I wish you all better times ahead. In the midst of caring for others, remember to also take care of yourself.
Glenda Brunette, MSN, RN, CWON
2020 SER Election Results
Veterans Care Study
Participants sought to take part in a study titled "Home care and palliative/hospice nurses' experiences caring for veteran patients in rural settings"
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Thank You from OstoGroup
Osto Group is so thankful for your recent cash donation to our nonprofit organization. The
financial gifts and support of people like you means so much to us.
Osto Group extends help to those who have no insurance and therefore cannot afford their
supplies. Without an affordable resource to obtain monthly supplies many would have to pay full price, which could result in ostomates choosing between ostomy supplies or other life's necessities. It is a
unique dilemma we know you understand. We have heard stories of duct tape and baggies - no kidding
- but now uninsured ostomates have a reliable place to order month after month thanks to our financial supporters.
Please understand that we do not receive outside funding. Therefore, your participation today is very welcomed. Perhaps in the future, if you decide you would like to continue to support our work
please do so. It would be most appreciated.
On behalf of the staff and volunteers of Osto Group we want to extend our sincere gratitude for
With grateful hearts,
Marian Grace, Director of Finance
Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Year. Read more in our October 2020 newsletter
Thank You from FOW
The Friends of Ostomates Worlawide - USA (FOW-USA) gratefully acknowledges receipt of your donation made on 9/28/2020.
Your generous contribution will enable us to continue helping ostomates around the world. The funds will be used to ship donated ostomy supplies and literature to those ostomates in other countries who do not have adequate products to care for their ostomy and to help pay for the lease of our sorting and packing facility in Louisville. You can see where we are shipping donated ostomy products and learn more about FOW-USA by visiting our website at .www.fowusa.org.
Thank you for your support.
Carol Heideman FOW-USA National Board Member,
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Thank You from Worldwide Fistula Fund
We are deeply grateful for your gift. Such generosity allows us to help women struggling with, as weii as those at risk ordeveloping, obstetric fistulas and other childbirth injuries. These women have pushed through tremendous obstacles with a will to survive that inspires ·us all. So often they face abandonment by their families, and being shunned by their communities, if not forgotten altogethr by the wider world. They have come to WFF seeking care, safety and encouragement; they come to us seeking no less than a new life, and your gift enables WFF to say "Yes" to these brave women!
Friends, thank you for your gift to Worldwide Fistula Fund. Your donation enables survivors to shed stigma and shame for love and respect.
Soja Orlowsk, Executive Director
Thank You from Youth Rally
On behalf of the Youth Rally Board of Directors, I thank you for your generous gift on 9/28/2020 for the Youth Rally. This year was truly a different year and your donation helped us meet it head on.
Our campers (and volunteer team of counselors) live with a variety of congenital birth defects, chronic illness, or physical trauma that has caused disruption to their bowel and/or bladder systems. To our Youth Rally participants, their care providers, and their network of loved ones, your gift is more than monetary -it represents hope. For them, the Youth Rally provides an environment of learning and growth where these children, of varying physical abilities, gain independence and confidence while having FUN with others who are just like them! As we went virtual this year, we were able to help them connect with others like them over the zoom calls. Despite not being in person, they were able to ask questions and share trials and triumphs with others going through similar issues.
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Mary Beth Akers
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