The Stormont Vail Health Auxiliary raised a record amount of $17,926 during the 2015 Stormont Vail Auxiliary Angel Tree Program. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Angel Fund for Stormont Vail Cancer Center patient needs. This fund provides emergency financial assistance for any special needs of cancer patients and their families such as housing, food, utilities, transportation, cosmetic prosthetics and medicine.
2015 marked the 10th anniversary of this annual fundraising project. Every year during the holiday season, trees inside Stormont Vail Health and the Stormont Vail Cancer Center are adorned with beautiful angels, each purchased in honor or in memory of someone special. The angels are purchased by Stormont Vail employees, volunteers, patient families, and the public during the month of November and December and hung on the trees. After the holidays, angels hung on the trees were distributed to those who purchased and requested their angels returned.
This year, a 12-ft. tree in the north tower lobby and similar trees in the Pavilion lobby at the hospital, and at the Cancer Center, were decorated to capacity, and all 2,000 angels were sold.
Martha Granger, Angel Tree Project chair, said that in the last 10 years she is very pleased that over $120,000 has been raised through the angel fund for cancer patients.