5k run and walk for Hospice life care

HOLYOKE, Mass (WWLP) — Holyoke’s VNA Hospice Life Care takes provides end of life care for terminally ill patients throughout western Massachusetts.

Saturday’s run will be held at the Ashley Reservoir in Holyoke. Volunteers are getting ready for Saturday’s 5K run and walk to support Pioneer Valley’s hospice program.

Participants have been registering since 8:00 Saturday morning and will hit the road at 9:30. Hospice Life Care takes care of patients with a life expectancy of 6 months or less.

They provide these patients with nurses, social workers, and home health aids.

Along with 24 hour a day availability to ensure the patient is as comfortable and happy as possible.

One volunteer told 22News why hospice care is so important for terminally ill patients.

“Well events like this raise awareness in the community first of all and get people involved. Lots of families have been impacted by the work of hospice care,” said Suzanne Picard, a hospice nurse.

Hospice life care in Holyoke has taken care of patients in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin County since 1905.

If you can’t make Saturday’s event and still would like to donate, click here.

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