Grace House Akron hosts free public informational event April 26
— A new organization has emerged in Akron that will provide end-of-life care to those with limited financial means, whether they’re abandoned by family, homeless or working poor.
Grace House Akron “provides a nurturing environment for individuals with terminal illnesses,” according to the new nonprofit, which will meet unserved needs of patients enrolled in a hospice program, who would otherwise spend their days alone or in undesirable conditions, which is unfortunately all too common in the Akron area.
Grace House Akron is hosting a free public event Thursday, April 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Akron Civic Theater, so residents may learn more about the organization and how to get involved. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. To RSVP for the event, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grace-house-akron-inc-launch-party-tickets-44087860979.
“Healthcare professionals in Akron witnessed patients dying alone and in undesirable conditions, which sparked the formation of Grace House Akron,” said Holly Klein, president of Grace House Akron, Inc. “We believe in a death with dignity and in providing an environment where all are accepted and all are loved.”
The nonprofit is seeking a facility, but in the planned six-bed home, services would be provided without charge to allow a dignified death without financial barriers. Once land is secured, the organization will launch its capital campaign to raise funds. In the meantime, Grace House Akron looks to foster relationships with the community, educate the region and connect with future partners.
“We would like to welcome the community to learn more about Grace House Akron and our mission at our launch event,” said Nick Browning, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Grace House Akron, Inc. “Our mission of providing a loving home to terminally ill individuals that do not have a caregiver or cannot afford a caregiver is unique to the Greater Akron community. We would like to share our vision of all community members having access to compassionate care at the end of life.”
Board members and honorary chairs of the event, Dr. Steven Radwany & Dr. Julia Radwany will host the open house, in addition to other members of the board including: Nicholas Browning, Brian Emich, Brian Moore, Dr. Kevin Dieter, Terry Albanese, Anne Armao, Kate Bame, Lisa Dalpiaz, Beth Mullen, Karen Mullen, Barb Palmisano, Dave Pastir, Dr. David Peter, Dr. Molly Scantling, Ted Stitzel.
“I’m honored to be part of this organization and show my confidence in the need and potential of Grace House Akron,” said Dr. Steven Radwany, former Medical Director of Summa’s Hospice and Palliative Care at Summa Health System.
For info, visit gracehouseakron.org.