Who Are We?
Tonya's Hope, a charitable organization, was founded in 2010 by a group of General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital and Pulaski County Ambulance health care workers who wanted to raise money for one of their colleagues. Tonya Ellzey was a nurse assigned to the Family Practice Clinic. She was diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer and underwent aggressive chemo and radiation therapy. These treatments made it difficult for her to work and she quickly exhausted all of her paid leave. Faced with significant financial strain, this group of multi-talented health care workers came up with a fundraiser to help one of their own. The groupÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs initial fundraiser came in the form of a murder mystery dinner theater and resulted in raising thousands of dollars for Tonya and her family. Realizing there were many people in the local community faced with the same hardships, the group decided they wanted to help as many as they could, and Tonya's Hope was created. There was never any doubt that the name needed to be Tonya's Hope, since Tonya gave everyone around her hope, inspiration and strength to carry on. Even when the obstacles seemed impossible her positive attitude and determination not only saw her through her illness and grief but inspired everyone around her. Her inspiration is the reason our mission continues. It is our goal to make patients and their familiesÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ difficulties a little more bearable and help any way we can. Our goal is to help them with unmet financial needs. Such as assisting with co-pays, food or gas to get to and from appointments or other issues as they arise.
Outstanding Needs of Tonya's Hope
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