Honoring Rich Hoffman – A fundraiser hosted by Amy Stoll:
In solidarity with my dear friend, Rich Hoffman who died on December 7th following an eight year battle with cancer, I will have my head shaved on February 27th.
Will you join me in honoring my friend by donating to this fundraiser? The donations we collect will be donated to Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital and CRC. Innumerable cancer patients have and will continue to receive support, treatment and life saving measures from these two centers.
My desire to make these contributions stems from a personal commitment to make a difference for others who are facing serious, life threatening illness as Rich did. And, this is a tangible way for me to personally begin to heal my own grief.
A little bit about Rich for those of you who didn’t have the good fortune to know him. Rich Hoffman was a remarkable person. He was a hospital administrator, employed at Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira, NY. A devoted professional, Rich was committed to developing and improving medical care for the patients where he worked. In addition to caring for others at work, he was a generous and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He gave of himself to his community through various volunteer agencies, including The Aids Ride and Loaves and Fishes. As mentioned in his obituary, “He loved life fully and in the moment. His wish is for everyone to fully embrace life with adventure, love and continued learning.”
To me, Rich is an everyday hero. He faced his illness with courage and a “can do” attitude. He persevered, maintaining a loving heart, concern for his family and gratitude for all that life was. When I found out that his cancer had returned with a poor prognosis his reply was, “I’m on this crazy journey.” He wasn’t one to complain or say, “poor me.” He never gave up the fight.
None of us will escape death. Some of us will battle a serious illness or be called to support a loved one who is sick or dying. If and when this is my fate, I’ll remember what I learned from Rich. His journey with cancer taught me that hope, love, endurance, sharing, and living each day fully is what gives life meaning. I hope you will consider donating to this fundraising effort to help those fighting cancer.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.