MEDFORD, Ore. – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Southern Oregon and to kick off the season, the Festival of Trees gala is underway, but it’s not just about having fun. The event benefits Providence Medford Medical Center’s Palliative Care Program.
There are 38 trees at the event, decorated to the nines, and they will be auctioned off for thousands of dollars. Those who buy the trees frequently donate them and all the goodies to kids in need through organizations like the Family Nurturing Center or CASA, but the biggest beneficiary from this 5 day event is the Palliative Care Program at Providence Medford Medical Center.
Palliative Care is a program that aims to improve a patient’s quality of life. Many providence patients with a life-limiting or life-threatening disease enter the program. It treats patients in a holistic way by not only focusing on the disease itself but also on the patient, their symptoms and overall well-being.
Through the program registered nurses are able to make home visits to discuss their symptoms, pain management and their priorities in fighting the disease. The money raised through festival of trees will help continue and expand those visits as well as the rest of the program.
The fundraising efforts continue Thursday night with a less-formal gala and then Friday, Saturday and Sunday the public is welcome to come check out all these trees in person. Tickets for that family-friendly event are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors age 60+ and $3 for children ages 2-12.
Danielle Craig contributed to this report.