There's still time to donate!! I'm so fortunate to have surpassed my goal!
I am so overwhelmed with thankfulness for all my dear family and friends! I cannot tell you what a thrill it is and how very proud I am to be receiving your kind and generous donations, showing me that you care for me and my passion for Hospice Care. I am so thankful to have you all in my life. You are so awesome.
Because of your generosity not only are you helping people receive this very special care but you also have helped me, between your donations for last year's Hike and this year's 2020 Great Hospice Activity Challenge, to reach a thresshold of $5,000 towards Hospice which entitles me to receive a beautiful silver heart with my mom's name (Marcelle Belanger) engraved upon it which will be placed on the Donor Wall at Doane House Hospice. It is such an honour to receive this in mom's memory and see it on the wall each day I'm there working.
The need is great! Our usual Hike for Hospice could not be held as intended on May 3rd. but Margaret Bahen and Doane House Hospices must raise donations of $80,000 for this event in order to keep on providing the community with their much needed services at no cost. Our country is ranked #1 in quality of life which reminds us that access to healthcare is a large reason for this ranking. Hospice Palliative Care must be made available to every one of us and we’re fortunate that more people are realizing this.
Although there are so many restrictions during Covid-19, we find safe ways to bring our residents little moments of happiness. We recently supported a family whose teenage son died. A few days before, our team showered and dried his beloved dog so that we could surprise him with a visit in his room for a day. It was extremely emotional to witness the look on his face! Another, is that a lovely lady died right on her 99th birthday not too long after a bunch of us (all masked) went to her room to sing happy birthday with balloons and flowers and her daughter by her side. I shared these two beautiful and touching hospice moments, but there are so many more! These two show the range in ages of those who come to Hospice for care.
If you’re able to sponsor me for The Great 2020 Hospice Activity Challenge, you will have ensured that our most vulnerable friends and family are cared for with compassion and dignity; you will put that bowl of soup on the table and will make sure the grief and bereavement programs are available at no cost. You will demonstrate what it means to be Canadian. Every little bit helps in enabling us to care for those who are celebrating for the last time. What an amazing gift!
I’m committing to walk 20 minutes every day between August 1st - 31st. Walking 20 minutes a day, with my busy work schedule at Hospice, poses a real challenge for me, but I’m determined because of my passion for this cause.
This year, I’m walking in memory of my precious mother, Marcelle, who died last year on June 24th and for my older sister Claudette who spent the last couple of months receiving great quality of life at Hospice until her last breath at the end of October a year and a half ago.
If you are not in a position to donate, please don’t worry. This appeal isn’t meant to pressure you or make you feel obliged. I totally understand that these are hard times for many.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and to help if you can.
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