May 7, 2014
Hospice of the Piedmont is gearing up for its 13th annual race. The Run and Remember 5K will take place this Saturday at Keswick Club.
So far, nearly 250 people have signed up for the event, which started in memory of Sally Carle.
Organizers are hoping to raise $50,000 this year. That money will go toward the organization's many programs.
"Hospice of the Piedmont has a very comprehensive program," said race chair Melba Campbell. "It's a non-profit organization, but it really deals with every aspect of a person -- the medical aspects, the spiritual side and the emotional side."
The new Piedmont Kids program provides end-of-life support for children with terminal illnesses. There is also the Hospice of the Piedmont Education Institute. Its goal is educating nursing students and physicians on ways to provide end-of-life care.
"We're trying to be available and have resources for anyone in the community who's experienced a loss -- not just people whose loved one has been under Hospice of the Piedmont care," said John Healy, director of advancement for Hospice of the Piedmont.
This year, Rachel Ward is volunteering to help out with the race. She received support from the Hospice of the Piedmont when both of her parents died within two years.
Ward's father passed away at home. During that experience, she and her family were responsible for his palliative care. When her mother became ill, they leaned on the Hospice House to lessen the burden.
"While my mom was at the Hospice House, we were able to visit with loved ones coming from out of town, to talk to her, to reminisce with her. Just really savor every moment without having to worry that she wasn't comfortable," said Ward.
Hospice of the Piedmont is the area's only non-profit hospice.
Online race registration is open until 11:30 p.m. Thursday. People can still sign up in person the day of the race. For more details, click HERE.
People can also donate $10 to receive a pinwheel to plant in a memory garden for their loved ones.