Walk To Remember Celebrates Loved Ones

To register for Walk to Remember, visit hospicewr.org/walk.

Lakewood residents are encouraged to gather family and friends and save the date for the 2017 Walk to Remember sponsored by Huntington Bank. Now in its sixth year, the event will take place on Sunday, June 11, at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Funds raised help Hospice of the Western Reserve provide special services in Lakewood and surrounding communities including pediatric hospice and palliative care, the granting of patient wishes through the "Moments to Remember" program, grief support camps for children, art and music therapy and much more.

The event is open to anyone wishing to honor the memory of a loved one; they need not have received hospice care. Thousands of walkers will come together to celebrate life while paying tribute to their loved ones. Registration is open online at hospicewr.org/walk, or by contacting Bridget Murphy at 216.383.3715, or bmurphy@hospicewr.org.

 “There’s a celebratory feel to the day,” said Lakewood resident Lisa Tomm. Tomm, who is the clinical team leader of the nonprofit agency’s West Campus, added that it is not unusual for multiple generations within a family to walk together to honor the memory of a loved one. “All of the funds raised stay in Northeast Ohio helping local hospice patients and their families, including many right here in Lakewood,” she added. "After the Walk, families are free to stay and enjoy the rest of the day exploring the Zoo and Rainforest.”

Registration will open at 7:30 a.m., with the opening ceremony beginning at 8:45 a.m. The Walk will begin at 9 a.m. (Choose from 1 mile and 3 mile options.) A closing ceremony will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m., featuring food, fun and festivities at the Palava Pavilion. Registration is $12 for children, $25 for adults and $65 for family (includes two adults and three children ages 4-12; children 3 and under are free). It includes all-day admission to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Rainforest, t-shirt, live musical entertainment and much more.

New This Year: Comfort Buddies

For every $100 raised or donated to "Walk to Remember" this year, one of eight adorable "Comfort Buddies" will be given to a Hospice of the Western Reserve patient. Comfort Buddies provide reassurance and meaning to a variety of patients, from young children to those with memory impairment. The soft, plush animals improve patient experience by reducing agitation and restlessness and providing an overall sense of well-being. Each Comfort Buddy is infused with a calming lavender scent. The adorable stuffed animals are weighted to provide a sense of security and to reduce fall risks when placed on the lap of a patient. Comfort Buddies can also be heated in the microwave to provide additional warmth and coziness. While donors will not receive an actual Comfort Buddy, clinical caregivers will be personally presenting them to Hospice of the Western Reserve patients and their families.

More Ways to Help Hospice

Once again this year, walkers and donors will be able to purchase and sell Honor Signs for $250. Honor Signs will be placed along the walk route to commemorate loved ones and can be taken home after the walk by family members. To register for Walk to Remember or make a donation, visit hospicewr/walk. Walk to Remember sponsorship opportunities are also still available at all levels. For more information, contact Bridget Murphy.

Laurie Henrichsen is Public/Media Relations Manager, Hospice of the Western Reserve.

Laurie Henrichsen

Laurie Henrichsen is Public/Media Relations Manager, Hospice of the Western Reserve.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 3:01 PM, 05.16.2017