Floor Covering Weekly: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Rene and Robert Peterson
[Pomona Park, Fla.] The Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF) is there when its needed most. Just ask Rene Peterson who worked for Taylor Carpet One for 10 years as a sales consultant, store manager and most recently sales manager. Her husband of 14 years Robert Peterson (who also worked for Taylor Carpet One for a few years) was diagnosed with lung cancer and a brain tumor — the shocking diagnosis left him with decreased mobility and unable to work.
“Our lives were transforming every day,” Rene Peterson, who was now the sole financial provider, told FCW. “I could no longer work 60 hours a week and lead my team, I was spending more time at the doctors’ and at the Chemo and Radiation therapy sessions with Robert.”
Less working hours and medical treatment and doctor visit bills were a challenge. A decision was also made to move closer to their family. “Moving to a smaller house became a need instead of a want,” Rene Peterson said.
However, she recalled reading about the Floor Covering Industry Foundation in FCW. For over 35 years, the Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF) has been helping members of the flooring industry in times of need. The foundation benefits current or previous employees of the floor covering industry by providing grants that go towards paying for medical treatment, therapy and other supplies — sometimes even food and rent. As a resource for members of the flooring industry who are experiencing illnesses, injuries and other severe medical disabilities, The Petersons turned to FCIF—and the foundation was there to help.
“The Foundation gave us assistance beyond our expectations,” she offered, adding that FCIF helped the family with paying for treatment and even affording house payments. “They assisted with medical, everyday bills and food. Everyone we worked with at The Foundation was so compassionate, understanding and communicated with us on a regular basis.”
Rene Peterson added, “If anyone is going through hard times and needs a hand, I highly recommend that they reach out to the Floor covering foundation for assistance. There is no reason to suffer in silence. We lost a lot because of cancer, we gained a loving livable lifestyle from the help of the Floor Covering Industry Foundation.”
For more on the Floor Covering Industry Foundation, visit fcif.org.