About the Foundation

History

The Y.C. Ho/Helen and Michael Chiang Foundation was formed in 2004 through a bequest from Y.C. Ho. The Chiangs are family members of Y.C. Ho and currently serve as directors of the Foundation.

Mission

The mission of The Y.C. Ho/Helen and Michael Chiang Foundation is to improve the quality of life for adults and children with serious illnesses, primarily through collaborative medical and social support. This support is often provided by palliative care professionals.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is defined as "relieving or soothing the symptoms of a disease or disorder." Palliative care is for people of any age, and at any stage in an illness, whether that illness is curable, chronic, or life-threatening. Emphasis is placed on pain and symptom management, communication, and coordinated care. The overall goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life for patients with serious illnesses.

Many people mistakenly believe that palliative care is only for patients with an incurable illness or at the end of life. Hospice care is a specific type of palliative care that is for patients nearing the end of life and no longer seeking a cure. Palliative care, on the other hand, is appropriate from the time of diagnosis and can be provided along with curative treatment.