|Rhoda Goetz, 1975|
Understanding that living with a chronic illness can make even the simplest daily tasks challenging, Chapter trustee Kevin Goetz established the first of its kind Rhoda Goetz Personal Care Fund in memory of his mother, Rhoda Goetz. The Program aims to help people with MS maintain healthy personal care practices and support quality of life, self-esteem and in-home care.
Designed for individuals living with MS who could not otherwise afford or manage in-home and personal care due to mobility issues, difficulties with transportation and financial limitations.
The Rhoda Goetz Personal Care Fund provides:
In-Home Care: Provides 8 consecutive days, 4 hours/day of critical caretaking after a hospital stay or exacerbation. Must use licensed home care agency.
- Chore Service Program: Assistance for house cleaning service, can be utilized after a hospital stay or exacerbation. Limit: up to $300 per fiscal year.
"With this Program, I want to honor her stamina and persistence – for putting a good face to something that was really hard for her, something that was really debilitating." – Kevin Goetz, Chapter Trustee
Rhoda lived with progressive MS for 11 years and Kevin remembers how it impacted the entire family. When Rhoda was diagnosed, the family turned to the National MS Society to learn more about the disease. As Kevin learned more about the organization, he was impressed with how responsive the Society was, and also convinced, more than ever, of the importance of making resources accessible for everyone with MS.
Rhoda Goetz with Kevin, 1995