Vail Daily letter: Thanks for help

The volunteers, board and staff of HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley wish to thank sincerely all the local businesses and individuals who donated funds, facilities, food and drink to our recent “Trees of Hospice” event. Our gathering at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards on Dec. 3 was a tremendously meaningful evening of remembrance, camaraderie and hope.

We are especially grateful to Colorado Mountain College for providing us with an open, inviting space for attendees to share memories of loved ones and of hospice. We also wish to thank those who spoke at this year’s event, including Sara Fisher, Kaylee Brennand, Joette Gilbert, Monica Benderly, Dr. Jack Eck, Rev. Michelle Hovey and the Colorado Mountain Singers as well as our tireless volunteers, especially Jan Jackson, who helped organize and stage this wonderful evening.

Hospice of the Valley is the only provider of end of life care in this region. From Vail to Aspen to Parachute, and all points in between, our nurses, aides, therapists, chaplains, social workers and volunteers care for those who are dying as well as their families. We will never turn away a patient because of inability to pay, and events like Trees of Hospice help fund this commitment.

Finally, we want to give special thanks to the ladies who spent countless hours stitching hundreds and hundreds of beautiful heart ornaments by hand. These hearts are wonderful tokens of the enduring love we have for those who have died, and they are a symbol of hope for their families. Thank you.

Markey Butler

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Executive director, HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley.

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