Hike for Hospice in Hope

Annual fundraising event returns to Memorial Park May 4

Thousands of people across the country will come together on May 4 to raise funds for hospice palliative care programs and services.

Hospice palliative care is a holistic approach that includes pain and symptom management, caregiver support, spiritual care, and bereavement.

The annual Hike for Hospice is Fraser Canyon Hospice Society’s largest fundraising event of the year, with 100 per cent of the proceeds  supporting programs and services within the community. Programs include caregiver and bereavement support groups, relaxation services, vigil services, volunteer training, companioning and music care.

As a recent participant of the Hopeful Hearts Bereavement Support Group, Sheri Harty understands first-hand why these funds are important. Her sons also attended Camp Skylark for bereaved children last September.

“The truly amazing support we have here in Hope is outstanding,” said Harty. “Some of what I learned while attending (the group) included the process of loss, different grieving style responses, how to cope, community resources, shared group experiences and discussions, specific books to read and material to help my kids, self-care, healing and how to let go. The best thing for me was learning that grief is different for everyone, so don’t try to compare.”

Hike for Hospice late registration will begin at 9:15 a.m. in Memorial Park, followed by a warm-up with Karen Scalise and ribbon cutting by Mayor Susan Johnston. The hike itself will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a 2 km or 5 km option. The event is pet-friendly, and wheelchair and stroller accessible. The top fundraisers will receive one night’s accommodation plus dinner and breakfast for two at Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa, and one night’s accommodation with a canoe rental at Manning Park Resort.

To join or support the Hike for Hospice, pick-up a registration form at Romano’s (340B Wallace St.) or online at www.frasercanyonhospice.org.