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COVID-19 Updates & How To Respond

How is Sky Foundation Taking Action?

Michigan has been ordered to Shelter-in-place as of Tuesday, March 24th.  Sky Foundation takes these guidelines very seriously and has sent the office staff home to work, beginning on March 16th.  The office admin, Annie, can be reached at home by phone (248-385-5143) or by email (ADalton@SkyFoundationInc.org) to answer questions and offer necessary assistance.  Sky is happy to help you during this difficult time.

The foundation has cancelled all of their fundraising and awareness events held in the community due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 and the active push for social distancing.  Although the Women’s Event planned for May 4th at Bloomfield Hills Country Club has been cancelled, we are still encouraging donations to support our research programs.  We will also be sharing an online auction, Detroit Bonanza Extravaganza, with some great Detroit-based options.

Sky has made generous donations to all of the local hospital systems that we support.  There are many ways to contribute in this time of need.

University of Michigan

Karmanos Cancer Institute

Henry Ford Health System

 

Ways to Stay Healthy

It is most important that Pancreatic cancer patients, caregivers and families follow precautions outlined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Stay home!
  • Wash your hands often – with soap and water (or hand sanitizer)
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Wiping down surfaces and used items outside the home (such as debit/credit cards with alcohol based cleaning products)
  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve (and wash your clothing after use)
  • Do not greet people with a handshake or a hug

 

Additional restrictions may be appropriate if you are a pancreatic cancer patient or are in close contact with someone with the disease. Please speak with your healthcare team for additional precautions.

Resources to Utilize While in Quarantine

Governor Whitmer has placed an order to Shelter In Place on March 23, 2020.  People can leave home to perform limited, necessary activities and may also participate in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running, cycling, as long as you are staying consistent with remaining at least six feet from people. You can also continue to utilize restaurants that remain open and convenience stores for necessary items.  Some of the following locations offer special hours for the elderly and immune compromised.

Kroger:  7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays to seniors over 60, and other higher-risk customers, as defined by the CDC.

Target: Stores are reserving an hour on Wednesdays for “vulnerable shoppers.” Call your local store to find out exact hours.

Whole Foods Market: Stores open one hour early for 60 and older to shop. Call your local store for exact hours.

Walmart: From now through April 28, stores open one hour early on Tuesday for 60 and older to shop.

Dollar General: The first hour of operation is reserved for seniors. Call your local store to find out opening times.

Click here for restaurants you can continue to order from! (opens in new tab)

 

Staying Positive

Right now is a difficult time with all of this uncertainty, which makes it even more important to STAY POSITIVE.  Here are some suggestions to keep your energy up and an optimistic attitude.

  • When working from home, continue to wake up, get dressed and proceed with your normal morning routine
  • Look into meditation practices, yoga classes, work out sessions, etc. through online offerings. Check your work out facility to see if they are offering online classes.
  • Limit watching the news to once a day.
  • Get some fresh air outside! Walk your dog, play ball with your kids, use your outdoor space as a special treat.
  • Talk to family & friends regularly.   With today’s technology, you are able to have face to face contact.  You can use apps such as  FaceTime, Houseparty & Zoom.
  • Continue to purchase meals out with delivery options, support your favorite charity.
  • Take a deep breath, and enjoy those special moments with family, friends and pets.