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Soon I'll join 300+ women swimming for Hospicare and Palliative Care. We'll be supported by 100+ boaters, dozens of lifeguards, an army of volunteers, a band inspiring us to make it to shore and maybe even a piper sending us on our way. Ithaca Bakery will feed us as we come out of the water, Satori stylists will greet us with a bag of goodies as Hospicare staff wrap our shivering bodies in blankets. The Yacht Club will host us while friends and family applaud our efforts.
Why do 500+ people venture out at 5:00 am to do this challenging swim? We all swim, boat, serve bagels, play the saxophone, and support this organization because we know it does wonderful work, relying on this crucial fundraising effort.
I also have personal reasons for supporting it. My mother who died many years ago did not have hospice services. Her death at too young an age was painful. I and my family were clueless about what was happening to her, how to be her advocate, how to help each other through our grief. Since that time, I have witnessed friends and family who were helped by hospice services, whose families benefitted from support groups and conversations with caring nursing staff and compassionate doctors. I saw my sister-in-law in an English hospice able to talk frankly with her doctors and make informed decisions. I experienced a friend served by hospice services so he could die peacefully in his home.
I swim in support of the whole range of services--medical, spiritual, residential--that are available through our local Hospicare. I hope you will consider supporting Hospice, too!
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