President’s Report

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Dear Friends,

We are more than halfway to our LEARN, GIVE THANKS AND RESOLVE! goal, and six weeks remain for you to make an impact that is doubled in size. A generous grant from MR Bauer Foundation will double any gift to Life Matters Media through the end of 2014. Please strengthen our efforts in empowering others to speak up and spell out their end of life care preferences; this consideration and conversation is an incredible act of autonomy and also a gift of clarity and confidence to loved ones who may one day be in a position to make decisions on our behalf.

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Life Matters Media
517 North Racine Unit 2
Chicago, IL 60642

Great news came this month, as we learned of the generous support of the Dr. Scholl Foundation for our work. The foundation voted to continue its financial commitment into 2015 with a $20,000 vote of confidence in Life Matters Media.

As you consider your year-end contributions, we ask you to remember Life Matters Media in your charitable giving. Please remember any donation- whether it’s $25 or $250- will go twice as far through the end of the year.

As we approach Thanksgiving, our LEARN, GIVE THANKS AND RESOLVE! campaign is particularly relevant. For more information on how you can participate in our three action-oriented steps, please go to our information page HERE


For more about the work your dollars can fund, we invite you to tune into WGN Radio 720 at 11 am today. I’ll be talking with Rick Kogan about our work “Starting the Conversation” throughout the City of Chicago Senior Centers as well as our special project underway with the “Time of Your Life Players” at Stage 773. Only three performances of “Bud’s Cafe Redux” remain; after each show, Life Matters Media is facilitating a conversation about the many end of life-related themes in this comedic musical. We guarantee an entertaining and educational time! Tickets can be purchased here

 Dr. Mary Mulcahy “Starting the Conversation”


Time of Your Life Players Performing “Bud’s Café Redux”


We have had a very active season online and in the media. If you missed it, here’s our interview with WBEZ’s Tony Sarabia on “The Morning Shift” discussing the highly publicized case of Brittany Maynard in Oregon.

We are also proud to announce a new “Expert Columnist” to our website. Susan Mathews, Ph.D, will be providing regular contributions related to issues of social justice. Expenditures and resource use are ever-present issues within discussions regarding end of life care, and we are pleased to have her analysis online.

We met Susan at the Association of Bioethics and Humanities annual meeting in San Diego, where we presented our research regarding Disparities and Barriers to End of Life Planning among Chicago Seniors. We presented this research at the 1st Annual Palliative Care in Oncology Meeting as well in Boston, where we attended a lecture with excellent insight for all providers. Read what palliative care physicians had to say here

Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you online and- hopefully- in person throughout Chicago. Start the conversation soon!
Warmly,

Randi Belisomo
President and Co-Founder


Click here to Donate via PayPal

You can also send donations through mail:
Life Matters Media
517 North Racine Unit 2
Chicago, IL 60642