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December 11, 2013

Reception honors Hospice patients

DUNCAN — More than 100 spots on the Tree of Remembrance had been purchased by Tuesday night, when the annual reception for the fundraiser was held.

Proceeds go to help pay for care terminal patients and their families receive from Chisholm Trail Hospice. Entertainment was provided by Hodgston’s Studio Singers, who performed several holiday tune favorites.

Several family members of current or previous Hospice patients were in attendance for the reception in the Duncan Regional Hospital atrium. Among them were also numerous members of hospital administration and staff to show appreciation for CT Hospice and honor the patients who have been cared for by them.

“I’m proud of this organization,” said Jay Johnson, president and CEO of DRH. “I want to thank the board and staff for the work they do.”

CT Hospice was implemented in 1985 as the dream of Duncan resident and former DRH employee Mary Frances Cox and about a dozen nurses. The organization strives to serve the entire community with no bias.

“The families never pay out of pocket, that’s why we have fundraisers like tonight,” said Kathy Gibson, CT Hospice board chair. “We can always use more volunteers and more contributions.”

Present at the reception to share her experience with Hospice was Koree Wilkerson. Almost 13 years ago, she lost her son Jake to cancer. After spending a year and a half at St. Jude’s Hospital, Jake was beginning to lose function and told her he wanted to go home.

“I realized Hospice wasn’t necessarily all about Jake,” said Wilkerson.

“I took care of him. They were there for me. They were my biggest cheerleaders when I wanted to give up.”

Spots on the Tree of Remembrance will continue to be sold until Christmas. It is a way to remember and honor a lost loved one as well as support an important organization.

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