Sue Dowdy was admissions assistant at Life Care Center of Littleton, Colorado, when she was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma.
Though she battled the disease with success for several years, Dowdy’s condition began to worsen recently, and she could no longer continue working. In September, Life Care Center of Littleton associates pulled together to provide meals on a weekly basis, put a comfort basket together and held two fundraisers for their co-worker of seven years.
The Spirit Committee sold chances to win $100, with each ticket purchased for $1. The majority of the tickets that were purchased had Dowdy’s name on it, with participants giving up the opportunity to win and making sure the facility could help Sue as much as possible.
In addition, several associates attended a volleyball match where gate proceeds, concession proceeds and T-shirt sales went to Dowdy. Several members of the staff came to watch a local high school team battle with a town rival.
“It was great to have Sue join us all at the match for an evening full of fun,” said Deborah Barnes, administrator in training.
With both fundraisers, Life Care Center of Littleton raised approximately $2,700 to assist Dowdy with the financial burden of this horrible disease.
“It sure is encouraging to know that we work in a place where a sense of family and community are just as important inside the facility,” said Barnes. “Keep fighting, Sue! We are all fighting with you.”