I used to be a person who talked a lot about cancer and tried to help when I could, but I didn’t really understand what cancer patients and their families were going through until  my Dad was diagnosed with Myleofibrosis in November of last year and a man I loved as my second Dad died of pancreatic cancer in June.  When both of these men were diagnosed, my world crumbled and everything hit home.  My Leo, who passed of pancreatic cancer spent his last days under the care of Hospice who took such good care of him and made him as comfortable as they could.  If it weren’t for them, I don’t even want to think of what his suffering might have been.

From now until December 2nd, when you go into a local Mirabito Convenience Store, you’ll see paper bears.  These are called Hugs for Hospice Bears and they sell for just a buck.  Proceeds go to local Hospice centers so those who are so sick can pass away with dignity.

Glenn and I have a friendly bet to see which store can sell the most bears.  My store location is at Jensen and Old Vestal Roads in Vestal.  Glenn’s store is at River and Kattelville Roads in Chenango.

Please, if you find yourself in the vicinity of a Mirabito store, stop in and help out by buying a paper bear for only a dollar.  Sure, I want to win this friendly bet, but it’s more than that.  It’s about helping people in their final days.

You never know- one day it might be you or someone you love who needs the care of Hospice.