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A welcome message from our President and CEO, David S. Wiley

               Welcome friends, and thank you for supporting Kansas City Hospice. While the vast majority of Hospice Care is provided to adults, your support also allows Kansas City Hospice to serve as the only hospice provider in the area with a dedicated team of compassionate, expert caregivers who are fully focused on the unique needs of children and their families. Families served by the Kansas City Hospice Carousel Team depend on you.

Allow me to share the story of one local family. A story made possible by donors like you. 

               Coming to hospice wasn’t an easy decision for Michael and Jennifer Stults, parents of two little ones who were suffering from an extremely rare genetic disorder called Niemann-Pick Disease Type C, a mouthful of a diagnosis for a disease so rare only a few hundred cases exist around the world. Michael and Jennifer had known that day would arrive, yet still held out hope that things could be different for their family.

               Their spiritual faith and love for one another saw them through a long, heartbreaking journey as they watched their smiling, playful young boys suffer and eventually succumb to the deadly disorder. At just 9½, after years of medical complications and a few close calls during which their doctors told the family to prepare for the worst, Michael and Jennifer’s eldest son Brisan died suddenly

               Laughing and fooling around with his younger siblings just hours earlier, it was almost unbelievable that Brisan could be gone so quickly.

               While medical care has advanced significantly in the last few decades, the unfortunate fact is there are still many diseases which prove fatal nearly 100% of the time. When families are facing a journey every parent dreads, they need the expert, compassionate care of Kansas City Hospice, which is made possible by donors like you.

               As Michael Stults notes, “there was a lot of compassion involved. Not to take away from the many others who were helping us, but there was just this ‘vibe’ about the folks who came to our home from Kansas City Hospice. They really cared, and you could see it in every interaction.”

               Just ten months later, Kansas City Hospice was able to be there for the Stults while they were not only grieving the loss of Brisan, but preparing for the loss of their second-born, Parker. “We weren’t just grieving that we were losing Parker, we were also grieving that we had just lost a child,” says Jennifer Stults.

               Parker, also just 9 years old, succumbed to the disease, joining his “partner in crime” and leaving behind devastated parents and little Duncan, the youngest brother and the only sibling to escape this deadly disease. No longer rounding out a trio of wide smiles and silly little-boy jokes, Duncan now holds only the precious memories of his two big brothers and the joy Brisan and Parker brought to their family and the world around them.

               Yet in true Stults fashion, the family shares thanks for their caregivers and donors like you who enable us to carry out the mission of Kansas City Hospice each and every day. “It allowed us to spend more time with our kids who were sick, rather than playing doctor. The biggest benefit was having the nurse on call 24 hours a day,” continues Jennifer, “but the other services we had access to were amazing as well. We had the music therapist who came out to work not only with the boys, but with Duncan, and the social worker who could answer questions.”

               Even after their loss, Kansas City Hospice bereavement services were there to help the Stults family grieve and figure out what comes next. “It was a place where we could be vulnerable and grieve with other people who had been there, done that,” Jennifer notes.

               Hospice doesn’t cure a person’s disease, but it certainly can offer healing. This healing can happen in many ways, and because of you and people like you, it is available to more people than ever before who are living throughout the Greater Kansas City area, regardless of their ability to pay.

               Bringing expert, compassionate hospice and palliative care to the community has been the mission of Kansas City Hospice since our founding 37 years ago. As a not-for-profit, we continue to remain true to that mission, offering unparalleled care to all in need regardless of their resources.

               But we can only do this with the financial commitment of donors like you. We are depending on you, and so are families like the Stults. Families who are facing the unbearable and need the dedicated Kansas City Hospice Carousel Team to get them through to the other side. Together, we can stand side-by-side with them as they take the most difficult journey imaginable.

               Your gift today means that when families like these need us, we will be there. Please consider a generous year-end gift, or even better, consider becoming a monthly sustaining supporter to ensure care is available all year long. 

               From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your generosity and care for the most vulnerable families in our community. We can’t do it without you!

With gratitude,

David S. Wiley
President and CEO

P.S. When you decide to stand side-by-side with families facing a life-threatening illness, please consider joining the KCH Sustaining Angels – it’s the best way you can help ensure care to families like the Stults, all year long.

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There's a long list of hospices in Kansas City, but there's only one Kansas City Hospice. Our programs provide comprehensive expert care for all ages at all stages of serious illness.

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When the focus shifts to comfort instead of treatment, care comes to your home or nursing facility with a plan tailored to your needs, including emotional and spiritual support for the whole family.

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Palliative Home Health

When complex needs benefit from a team approach, supportive home care brings the care you need, with 24/7 nurse support for pain, stress and symptoms due to serious illness.

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Advanced Illness Support

Beginning as early as diagnosis and at any stage of serious illness, our nurse practitioners make home visits every 4-6 weeks to help coordinate your care and provide expert pain and symptom management.

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Hospice House

Hospice House

When symptoms cannot be easily managed at home, two hospice houses provide 24/7 expert care in comfortable home-line settings where family members can be relieved of caregiving duties to focus on loved ones.

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Carousel

Carousel provides palliative and hospice care for perinatal and for babies through young adults with a dedicated team of pediatric nurses, social workers, chaplains and other specialists.

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Solace House

Solace House

Our center for grief and healing supports individuals and families who have been impacted by the death of a loved one, whether anticipated, or sudden and unexpected. We provide opportunities to share, listen, learn and heal with peer group support from age 3 through adult.

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