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Cardinal Health Gives Strength

group with logoOne of my favorite things about my job is visiting donors, supporters, event organizers, etc. Getting out in the community and meeting people who care so much about the mission and want to make a difference for families is such an energizing experience. They reinforce that together we are truly changes lives.

In June, I had the privilege to accept a grant from Cardinal Health Foundation in Radcliff, Hardin County, KY. I’ve seen Radcliff listed as the hometown for many of our guest families at the House, but not being a native Kentuckian, I had no idea that Radcliff was just south of Ft. Knox. I will never forget that Ft. Knox’s motto is “Strength Starts Here.” I think strength starts at our House, too.

Cardinal Health’s Essential to Wellness grant program focuses on contributing to organizations who help promote healthy, active lifestyles for children, families and the elderly – in their area of business – through health literacy, patient education and engagement through their mission and daily practice. For the past three years, we’ve had 212 visits from Hardin County families, which resulted in providing a “home away from home” for 2,259 nights for those families. Among the Kentucky counties we served in 2014, Hardin County ranks fifth in total nights families stayed with us.

RMHCK was one of about a dozen organizations to receive a grant this year. Representatives from these organizations sat around a conference room table at Cardinal Health and we introduced ourselves. There were non-profits who supported veterans, helped with housing the homeless, organized camps for chronically ill children; it was a menagerie of missions aiming to help the people in their communities. Before we took photos, Kim, the chairperson of the grants committee, shared the following poem:

“My Cup Has Overflowed” 

I’ve never made a fortune, and it’s probably too late now.
But I don’t worry about that much, I’m happy anyhow
And as I go along life’s way,
I’m reaping better than I sowed.
I’m drinking from my saucer,
Cause my cup has overflowed.

Haven’t got a lot of riches,
and sometimes the going’s tough
But I’ve got loving ones all around me,
and that makes me rich enough.
I thank God for his blessings,
and the mercies He’s bestowed.
I’m drinking from my saucer,
Cause my cup has overflowed.

I remember times when things went wrong,
My faith wore somewhat thin.
But all at once the dark clouds broke,
and the sun peeped through again.
So Lord, help me not to gripe,
about the tough rows I have hoed.
I’m drinking from my saucer,
Cause my cup has overflowed.

If God gives me strength and courage,
When the way grows steep and rough.
I’ll not ask for other blessings,
I’m already blessed enough.

And may I never be too busy,
o help others bear their loads.
Then I’ll keep drinking from my saucer,
Cause my cup has overflowed.

This is a wonderful description of the generosity and genuine kindness of all those at Cardinal Health. They truly believe in paying it forward. Their compassion for going above and beyond the services they provide for their clientele is in the air at their office, it’s contagious. They were just as excited to give away their grants as the non-profit organizations were to receive them. It was a remarkable experience and I couldn’t stop smiling for everyone involved. With their 2015 grants, Cardinal Health will have given more than $400,000 to a multitude of non-profit organizations in the region in the past ten years. Thanks to their understanding of the importance of our mission, Cardinal Health Foundation will be able to help us continue to help patients and their families be together in a place where healing happens.


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