(UPDATED AT 12:18 P.M. THURSDAY WITH QUOTES FROM THE EVENT CO-CHAIRS)
Sandy Springs-based Visiting Nurse Health System will host its annual Big-To-Do fundraiser Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Stone Mountain Park’s Snow Mountain.
The event will benefit Visiting Nurse’s Children’s Program, which provides medical care to children and their families, many of whom are coping with the overwhelming diagnosis of a terminal illness.
“The funds raised from the Big-To-Do allow Visiting Nurse to provide care to pediatric hospice patients and their families regardless of their ability to pay. Pediatric care is significantly more expensive than care from an adult,” said Kevin Dwyer, who is co-chairing the event with his wife Dawn. “Visiting Nurse receives limited reimbursement and in most cases, reimbursement from Medicaid or private insurance only covers half of the costs of a pediatric hospice patients’ care.
“The hospice team helps families in their home or at the Hospice Atlanta Center make the most of the time they have left together. Many times families gain a new perspective of hospice as being about living and not dying.”
Tickets include two hours of snow tubing, free park entrance and parking, access to The Snow Zone (Fort Snow, Snowman Valley, Igloo City and the Snowball Shooting Gallery), s’mores over an open fire, Wendy’s chili, hot chocolate and indoor entertainment for all ages. The venue and activities at Snow Mountain are wheelchair-accessible.
Visiting Nurse provides quality home care to more than 28,000 patients each year regardless of diagnosis or ability to pay. Dawn Dwyer said Sunday’s event will draw both families and groups.
“Many companies sponsor Big-To-Do, which includes tickets for their employees and their families,” she said. “We also sell tickets to large groups. One person is bringing 100 kids who are part of several baseball teams.
“There will also be families there who have used our home healthcare and hospice services plus regular supporters who have made it a family tradition to enjoy the Big-To-Do at Snow Mountain.”
Tickets and information: (404) 215-6010 or www.bigtodo.org