In the spring of 2016, the Johnson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary launched Seeds of Kindness, a program focused on supporting Johnson Memorial Cancer Center and its Patient Assistance Fund. Thanks to a local Somers landowner, B&B Farms, Somers and Pleasant View Farms in Ellington, the Auxiliary grew roughly 8 acres of cheerful ornamental sunflowers for bouquets. The Auxiliary was proud to partner with the Geissler’s Supermarket chain to sell those bouquets with 100% of proceeds going directly to the patient assistance fund!
By purchasing Seeds of Kindness products, you will make an impact in the life of qualifying patients being treated with cancer!
Now, in our second season, the Auxiliary once again thanks Geissler’s Supermarkets, B&B Farms and other retailers supporting our efforts!
The JMCC Patient Assistance Fund was formally established in 2012 in response to the financial needs of qualifying patients receiving care and treatment at the Karen Davis Krzynowek Infusion Center. While there are various community resources for financial assistance, personal discussions with patients revealed a number of financial barriers impacting access to care.
The JMCC Patient Assistance Fund helps patients with minimal income or inadequate insurance to purchase everyday needs such as groceries, utilities, housing, medications, transportation costs and other urgent needs. The fund is designed to help alleviate some of the financial stresses patients and families encounter at a time when they are already taxed physically and emotionally.
JMCC clinical social workers assess need, manage and access the fund. There are no administrative costs associated with the fund so 100% of the money donated to the Patient Assistance Fund is available for patient and family support.
The Seeds of Kindness project would not be possible if it weren’t for the land owner's personal experience with breast cancer and her commitment to do good in the community. The landowner, who wishes to remain anonymous, has many nicknames like sunflower queen and sunflower angel of hope. She was kind enough to donate over 8 acres of land for Seeds of Kindness to grow sunflowers.Thank you so much for all your support!
Gordon and Colin Burson of B&B Farm in Somers have joined our effort by helping us plant and manage the 8 acre parcel. Without them, we would not be able to grow or harvest the fields of sunflowers to help support cancer patients!
They will also assist in various stages of the project and we are grateful for their support!!
Geissler's Supermarkets has generously offered to sell fresh cut flower bouquets to help Johnson Memorial Auxiliary with the Seeds of Kindness initiative. All proceeds are being donated to help a person being treated for cancer.
Thanks to everyone’s efforts $13,000 was raised for this program!