A national charitable foundation established earlier this year has made its first donation in Florida to support the healthcare and nursing education programs at Lake Technical College (Lake Tech) in Eustis.
Brian Craven, of Eustis, represented the board of directors of the newly formed Hockey Mom Foundation on Dec. 7, 2015, in presenting more than $3,000 worth of unused medical equipment to be used in the hands-on training nursing-related healthcare programs at Lake Tech.
Because of cost and other issues, unused surplus medical equipment is not easily obtainable for teaching purposes, said Sue DeMoss, of the Lake Tech Health Science Department.
“This is a valuable gift because it allows us to expose our students to the kinds of equipment and tools they will be using to help patients in a variety of healthcare settings ranging from acute care hospitals to home health visits,” she said.
All of the more than 20 boxes of unused medical equipment containing thousands of items came from Pam Craven of Eustis, who died at age 56 in August 2015 at Florida Hospital Waterman due to pneumonia and complications from a rare form of ovarian cancer.
“Giving my wife Pam’s unused medical equipment to Lake Tech through the Hockey Mom Foundation helps fulfill one of the most important giving missions, to support research into women’s health issues,” Craven said. “We’d also like to encourage other Florida families to donate unused medical equipment to local nursing schools for training purposes.”
Pam Craven was one of the hockey moms who helped inspire the creation of the Hockey Mom Foundation, Brian Craven said.
“The medical equipment donated Monday was accumulated during the eight-year battle she courageously fought against the cancer and a number of side effects from the chemotherapy and radiation treatments,” Craven said.
Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY, was selected as the first recipient of a Hockey Mom Foundation donation on Oct. 19, 2015, when $5,000 was presented to Roswell Park in memory of a Buffalo hockey mom who died from brain cancer. The doctor who treated her will use the money for a clinical trial of a new brain cancer vaccine.
“Supporting cutting-edge medical research into cures for diseases like brain cancer is a way that the Hockey Mom Foundation can help everyone in the community as we support our hockey moms and their families who have been affected by catastrophic illness,” said John Duke of Cleveland, Ohio, President of the Hockey Mom Foundation.
Hockey Mom Foundation
The Hockey Mom Foundation is an all-volunteer national organization that exists to honor Hockey Moms everywhere by raising funds to make one-time foundational donations towards non-profit causes focused on issues such as helping hockey players reach their educational goals, furthering cancer research including for brain, ovarian and breast cancer, and assisting with the care of cancer patients.
The Hockey Mom foundation is inspired by a group of Hockey Moms in Buffalo, NY, nicknamed “The Gators.” They inspired scores of hockey players to excel both on and off the ice from the early 1970’s well into the new century. Their legacy, along with all Hockey Moms across the globe, will be felt for generations.