Like all of you, we have been closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19. Our highest priority is the safety, health, and well-being of the CURE community and the community at large. Thus, we wanted to give you an update on measures we are taking to protect the children and families we serve, their medical providers and caregivers, and our volunteers and supporters.
Early this week, we proactively suspended our Open Arms Meal Program and, for at least the next several weeks, will not be serving meals in the hospitals or otherwise conducting our regular hospital visits. We will not resume these services until the hospitals deem it safe.
We will continue to provide all other services to families, such as emergency financial assistance, counseling, lodging, transportation assistance and more. For many of the families we serve, the situation grows more precarious by the day as parents try to keep their immunocompromised children safe from exposure. Given conversations with hospital social workers this morning, we anticipate a significant spike in need for emergency financial assistance.
With regard to upcoming fundraising events, we have made the painful decision to cancel Spring Fever, our March 27th event hosted by our Young Professional Leadership Council. We have also had to cancel CURE Madness because of the cancellation of the NCAA tournaments. Upcoming community events benefiting CURE are also cancelling.
We continue to monitor the rapidly changing situation and will make the best decisions we can for the remaining spring events, including Lauren’s Run and the CURE Annual Picnic, Catie’s Gathering, and the Believe Ball. As of now, we hope and plan to move forward with them and we ask for your full support. Should this change, we will let you know.
We are struggling to process the significant financial impact upending our spring events and programs will have on the organization’s ability to serve our children, families, and research community who are depending on us. We appeal to you, our loyal and faithful supporters, to help as you can.
We know these are tough times for everyone, and our hearts are heavy for all who are negatively affected in this unprecedented time.