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Arrowhead treasure hunt to help Hospice

Randy Wyrickrwyrick@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado

EDWARDS, Colorado – “Aarrrr” is about to be your new favorite letter as you release your inner buccaneer Sunday with Treasures of Hospice, a benefit for the HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley.It’s a treasure hunt that’s about more than the treasure, said Sally Clair, with HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley.You and your team of eight to 10 fellow pirates will hunt for seven clues on seven different islands throughout Arrowhead, all inhabited by pirates. They’re actually helpful pirates, sort of like Capt. Jack Sparrow when he’s not being a scoundrel.You have to go through the seven islands in a specific order. Every team has its own course. If you don’t, you don’t make it and you’ll have to go back and pick up what you missed.Once you’ve collected all your clues and found your final island, you have one more task – something very pirate-like.If there’s a tie, they’ll dig for the treasure, and not in one of the Arrowhead sand traps.Pirates have rules, you know.It takes about 45 minutes, time well invested.”It’s not about the treasure, it’s about the journey, as hospice is about the journey through the end of your life,” Clair said. “We do feel that hospice is a treasure to so many people.”There’s a Caribbean buffet and a tiki bar. The Vista is decorated like a pirate palace, they’ll dress you up like a pirate and Wendy Griffin will get photos. Rob Levine will be a scallywag.

They’ll use the money raised to help fund new programs and bereavement services for hospice patients and their families.The Always Pursue program funds art therapy, counseling and scholarships for children or youth who require grief counseling because of a death of a loved one. The youth program honors Andrew Claymon, a 16-year-old who died of cancer last July. His motto was, “Always Pursue.”His parents, Joni and Mike Claymon, are the honorary chairmen for this event.Healing Hearts provides bereavement services for 13 months to those who have lost a loved one.”It’s not paid for through Medicare/Medicaid, or health insurance,” Clair said. “Kids of all ages need this program.”Hospice has a new bereavement counselor to spearhead the program.The hospice Treasures Chest fulfills small wishes for music, meals, manicures, a massage, or other things that help comfort and support patients and their families in hospice care.

HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley is the only nonprofit provider serving the terminally ill and their families in the Roaring Fork, Colorado, Crystal, and Eagle River valleys.The organization provides end of life care to patients and families and is governed by a board of directors that reside in communities throughout the area.In 2010 they cared for 585 patients, either in their own homes or in other facilities.HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley has been around for 22 years. They’re a non-profit and donations are tax deductible, working with insurance companies to get as much coverage as possible for their services.”But we are committed to serving patients regardless of their insurance,” Clair said.Start-up funding for HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley came from Aspen Valley Hospital, The Aspen Valley Medical Foundation, and Valley View Hospital who formed Hospice of the Valley in 2008.Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or

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