October 5, 2011 (San Diego)--The LightBridge Hospice Community Foundation, which funds hospice services and special programs for patients and their loved ones, hosted its third annual Remembrance Walk on Sunday, October 2 at Liberty Station, drawing participants from East County and countywide.
The “Footsteps and Heartstrings” Remembrance Walk honors loved ones lost, as well as the family members, volunteers and corporate supporters of those who cared for them.
“We believe that hospice is really about living, so what better way to pay our respects, than to get outside and take steps in honor of patients,” said Michele Brown, Director of Development at the LightBridge Hospice Community Foundation. “We walk to fund programs that enhance the end-of-life journey for patients and their families throughout our community. We’ve raised more than $30,000 for foundation activities the past two years and we encourage everyone to get involved and form a team, or just come walk with us to help surpass that number!”
In addition to the 5K, children were welcomed to decorate their shoes, bicycles, strollers and scooters at the Kid’s Booth for fun prizes. Leashed dogs were invited to join their humans as well as participate in a “Best Dressed Pooch” contest. There was a special performance to end the event by LightBridge Hospice’s Medical Director and “singing doctor,” oncologist Steven Eisenberg, as seen on NBC’s TODAY.
“Each of us will make the end-of-life journey, no one is spared. Every day, there are many people in our community searching for relief from pain and anxiety; looking for peace and dignity,” said Jill Mendlen, Board Chair of the LightBridge Hospice Community Foundation. “That is why the foundation’s mission and passion is to raise funds for exceptional programs that enhance the hospice experience for all San Diegans.”