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August 24, 2013

Duncan Regional Hospital lights the night for Hospice

DUNCAN — Success of Chisholm Trail Hospice started with support of the community.

About 70 people pre-registered to participate in the second annual Light the Night event Friday at Duncan Regional Hospital. The event, which had about the same number of people as last year, aimed at raising funds and awareness of Chisholm Trail Hospice.

“If I only had five people show up, I’d still be happy,” Cyndi Crook, chairwoman of the Duncan Regional Hospital Foundation, said. “That would be five people supporting Hospice.”

Participants took two routes in the walk in support of the Hospice program. The first route was about three blocks long, and the second route came in just under a mile. Many people also carried flashlights with them.

Kathy Gibson, president of Chisholm Trail Hospice Board of Directors and respite volunteer, said support coming from programs, like Light the Night, and other fundraisers is important. She said Hospice pays for whatever insurance doesn’t cover. This includes people who don’t have insurance and/or are too young for Medicare.

Gibson said Light the Night, which is a program under the umbrella of the DRH Foundation, also demonstrates how much people care for the Hospice program.

“It’s an awesome way to raise awareness of Hospice and what Hospice stands for,” Gibson said. “The Foundation has been invaluable. The Foundation has really helped us do bigger fundraisers.”

 This year, the event introduced memory bibs, which were pieces of paper people could write the names of their loved ones who used Hospice on and wear on the walk. The Foundation also sold glow in the dark glasses and wrist bands to help people be seen on the walk.

Crook said the goal is to continue to grow the program from year to year. This year included more sponsors than last year.

“We learn from each year,” she said.

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