Thursday, 06 August 2020 14:16

Saratoga Rotary Supports Beyond My Battle Virtual Groups

By Opal Jessica Bogdan | News

While People are More Isolated Than Ever, Local Club Steps Up with Financial Gift to Aid in Bringing Emotional Support to Those Living with Medical Needs & Caregivers

SARATOGA SPRINGS – COVID-19 presents unique challenges for those living with medical diagnoses, as well as their caregivers including increased fear and isolation.

That’s why Saratoga-based nonprofit, Beyond My Battle, launched virtual support groups for their community at the start of the pandemic. The organizations offer a live online support group format that not only allows for proper social distancing, but also provides a service that is truly accessible to a community that needs accessibility. 

“For many living with, or caring for someone with an illness/disability, limited mobility and time are obstacles for attending in-person support services – with or without the coronavirus,” says BMB Executive Director, Martel Catalano. 

In seeking to continue providing this free service to both individuals living with illnesses/disabilities, and caregivers, the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club has provided funding to support on-going groups, which attendees are calling “a life-line.” 

Saratoga Rotary President, Susan Rhoades, says, “we continue to support local nonprofit organizations in need and are happy to be able to give assistance to Beyond My Battle.”

BMB’s support groups meet weekly on Zoom and are completely free to attendees, while maintaining a facilitated environment to engage and direct conversation in a compassionate way. To learn more about the groups or to sign up for one, visit The care partner virtual support group meets every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and the illness/disability virtual support group meets every Thursday at 8 p.m.

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