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The Woiner Foundation gives iPads to Family Hospice

i Aug 18th No Comments by

The Woiner Foundation presented Family Hospice and Palliative Care in Mt. Lebanon with a gift of eight iPad minis and protective cases on Monday. The iPads were purchased thanks to the generosity of the John R. and Margaret S. McCartan Charitable Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, through its “Wish Book” program.

“The iPads will be used in our two inpatient centers, one in Lawrenceville and the other in Mt. Lebanon,” said Lynn Helbling Sirinek, Vice President of Philanthropy at Family Hospice. “This technology will enable family members who are unable to visit their loved one to communicate via Skype.  We will be loading music and movies onto a couple of the iPads.  These devices will also be utilized by family members as a diversion during what can be long and difficult days.”

The iPads were given in loving memory of Tim and Rita Woiner, who were both cared for by Family Hospice; Tim, in 2010 during his battle with melanoma, and Rita, in 2014 during her battle with pancreatic cancer.

“Family Hospice provided exceptional care and great comfort to my mom and dad, and to our entire family, during the most difficult times in our lives,” said Jessica Fera, Executive Director of The Woiner Foundation. “We’re thankful to be able to give back and to help other families, in my parents’ honor.”

The Wish Book Project is a unique opportunity to connect donors to the needs of community nonprofits. This year’s Wish Book featured 70 organizations, from all avenues of the nonprofit sector, with wish requests totaling $175,000. The Woiner Foundation partnered with Family Hospice to submit this grant request on its behalf.

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About The Woiner Foundation

The Woiner Foundation is a Pittsburgh-based, volunteer-run nonprofit organization, whose mission is to fight melanoma and pancreatic cancer by increasing awareness, supporting patients, survivors and families and fundraising for research.

Founded in 2013 by Jessica and Ric Fera and Rita Woiner, the foundation has raised more than $80,000 through annual fundraising events, including a golf outing and its largest event, the 3-2-1 Ride, a family-friendly bike ride that takes place in October. More than 90% of the funds raised have been used to support cancer research, prevention and patient care initiatives through the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute’s Melanoma and Skin Cancer Program, the Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer, and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

About Family Hospice

Celebrating our 35th anniversary of service in 2015, Family Hospice and Palliative Care provides quality, compassionate care throughout Western Pennsylvania.  Our expert staff serves nine counties in the region, helping patients with life-limiting illness make choices about their care, supporting family and friends who are grieving, and educating both professionals and the community about end-of-life issues.

Family Hospice is the largest independent, nonprofit, community-based hospice organization in the state and is accredited by The Joint Commission for meeting specific high-level performance standards.  More than 3,600 patients annually receive care from Family Hospice in a variety of settings, including private homes, nursing facilities, hospitals and our two inpatient centers in Mt. Lebanon and Lawrenceville.  For more information, visit, and

More than $6,700 raised at Panera Bread in July

i Aug 17th No Comments by

Throughout the month of July, customers at all Pittsburgh area Panera Bread locations were able to drop their spare change in the donation boxes to support the  Woiner Foundation’s 3-2-1 Ride.

Thanks to their generosity, the foundation is receiving a check for $6,768.69!

Panera Bread is supporting the 3-2-1 Ride for the 2nd year as part of its Operation Dough-Nation® program. In 2013 alone, Covelli Enterprises donated over $19 million to local food banks, hunger relief agencies and other community organizations like ours.

Thank you Pittsburgh and thank you Panera Bread!