On Saturday, April 14th, over 1,200 participants gathered at Bailey Park in downtown Winston-Salem for the 22nd-annualHospice Hope Run that supports the Hospice & Palliative CareCenter. The Hospice Hope Run is a family tradition for many, because they are there to honor, celebrate and remember their loved ones.
Bailey Park was a new venue this year so the participants got to enjoy an exciting new course as well as a fun-filled family picnic and entertainment for all. The Dan River Girls entertained participants throughout the day.
Crystal Thomas, a Hope Run participant, shares her experience of the day saying, “I want to thank Hospice & Palliative CareCenter for the wonderful planning of this year’s Hope Run. Our team, Mawmaw’s Chickadees, has been participating for 7 years now and we loved the atmosphere at Bailey Park. The food was yummy and, with the wonderful weather that day, we wanted to hang out all afternoon! It’s an honor to support such a compassionate organization, and we will be back next year.”
Ellen Coble, who works for the Hospice & Palliative CareCenter, adds, “It’s very touching to see so many people coming out to support our mission. We know that many of the families who participate have lost a loved one and they are carrying those people in their hearts as they walk or run. It means the world to us to share in that experience. Because the funds we raise at the Hope Run go directly back into our services, it also means that we are able to continue offering our care and community services, like grief counseling, at no charge. We had over 1,000 people join us at Bailey Park this year and we are grateful to our sponsors and to each participant who made it such a special day.”
All proceeds from Hospice’s signature fundraising event are used to help patients and their families receive the best possible end-of-life care, as well as a host of other services offered to the community—such as grief counseling.
If you would like to learn more about Hospice and/or volunteer opportunities, please visit www.hospicecarecenter.org, or call 336-768-3972