Branches of Hope


Nearly four in 10 Vermonters will develop cancer during their lifetimes.

Thankfully, there’s great medical care available, and two-thirds of them recover fully. But too often, patients have to miss work during treatment and get behind on their bills.

We can help make their recovery a little easier by supporting Branches of Hope, the cancer patient fund at Central Vermont Medical Center. If a patient can’t pay a heating bill or needs gas for the car to get to treatment, Branches of Hope is there.

How? Here’s how the team at Branches of Hope describes what it’s been up to this winter:

“It’s 10 degrees out this morning—brrr! We just called a local fuel company to order 150 gallons of heating oil for one of our patients. For a year he has been disabled with metastatic cancer. His wife was out of work with an injury for 3 months, and now she missed time because his condition has declined and he can’t always be left alone. They are hard-working people with a modest lifestyle; even so, it’s likely they will never again make ends meet. But because of you, they are not as worried today as they were yesterday.

What a gift it is to be able to ease their burden by heating their home. A gift made possible by your support of the Branches of Hope Patient Fund.

In the past year our patient fund has helped individuals and families with basic living expenses such as food, gas, electricity, heat, rent and insurance. It also enabled one man with advanced cancer to see the Red Sox win the World Series—in person! —and another to take a first and last trip to the Maine coast with his twin sister for their birthday celebration.

At this cold and dark time of year, we thank you for your part in giving warmth and light to central Vermonters who are contending with the challenges of cancer diagnosis and treatment. We appreciate your generosity more than words can express.

Thank you from all the Cancer Care staff at CVMC!”

The Do Good Fest supports Branches of Hope and has raised $135,000 over the past five years. You can help, too. Check out the Branches of Hope website if you’d like to make a direct donation.

And come out to the Do Good Fest again this summer because all parking proceeds support Branches of Hope.

Matt Kane