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Hospice Buffalo's 22nd Annual Memorial Walk

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Gather your friends and family for “1-Way-2-Help-Hospice” and show your support at Hospice Buffalo’s 22nd Annual Memorial Walk! Sunday, May 20th will be the perfect day to walk Buffalo’s scenic waterfront and historic downtown.

8-year veteran walker, Sue Szarma, walks in memory of her dad...
“Hospice Buffalo holds a special place in my heart…they do the work of angels. In 2012 they cared for my dad right in his home, keeping him comfortable enough to enjoy the time he had left with us. Within 24 hours of our phone call to Hospice they delivered a hospital bed to my parent’s home! As he was approaching his final stage, my mom knew she couldn’t bear the thought of my dad dying at home, so they transferred him to the Hospice Mitchell Campus. It was all about love – not fear – everyone deserves to be loved and Hospice provided that. I admire Hospice workers and volunteers for their ability to sit with families during the most difficult of times – it takes a special kind of person and I can’t thank them enough for what they have done for my family. Raising money for Hospice Buffalo is my way of paying it forward to not only help the organization, but our community. We’re blessed to have such an incredible resource in our community.”

The 5K or 1-mile “fun walk” starts at 11 a.m. Canalside; registration starts at 9 a.m. Kids 12 and under are free. A shorter, one-mile fun Walk has been mapped out for people with wheelchairs and baby strollers. Afterwards, Wegmans invites walkers to a picnic with food, games, prizes, face painting, a massive slide, and prizes! Register online at HospiceMemorialWalk.com or at the event on May 20th at 9 a.m.

Proceeds from the Hospice Memorial Walk benefit Hospice Buffalo & Palliative Care Buffalo programs, including community grief support at the Wilson Support Center.

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Hospice Buffalo, an affiliate of The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care (CHPC), provides care, support, advocacy, and education to people impacted by serious illness and loss, and is the only Medicare-certified, non-profit hospice program serving Erie County, NY. The organization also includes Palliative Care Buffalo, which provides palliative care and consultation to any patient with a serious illness, regardless of prognosis; Essential Care for Children - a homecare program serving seriously ill children and their families; the Wilson Support Center - provider of bereavement, education and resources to people coping with grief and loss; the Palliative Care Institute - a collaborative research and training initiative with the University at Buffalo; and The Hospice Foundation of WNY – the charitable fundraising arm of CHPC. CHPC serves more than 900 patients each day in private homes, hospitals and nursing homes.


For Interviews/Media Contact: Clarice Otminski
Director, Public Relations & Community Marketing
Day (716) 989-2072; Evening (716) 512-9325
cotminski@palliativecare.org

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