|Marathon training season is upon us again! This year I will be running the Marine Corps Marathon on October 30th as a member of the National Hospice Foundation's Run to Remember. Those interested can keep up on training details at my blog.
In February the Fisher family lost a deeply loved member when Alice (my mother-in-law) passed away. Alice was funny, honest, caring and supportive - a friend, and often a mother, to all who knew her. To know Alice was to love her, it was impossible not to! She was a remarkable woman who left a lifetime of memories of laughter and love and a family who misses her deeply. We celebrate her life every day by living it to the fullest. To honor his mother my husband and father-in-law took a cross-country motorcycle trip, stopping to see sights Alice never got to enjoy. And I'm running a marathon (or two... maybe three).
When Alice became very ill in the beginning of 2011 hospice care workers were indispensable. Nurses and aides visited her at home, assisting my father-in-law with her care, and were by her hospital bed to offer support. Alice spent her last days at the Casey House of Montgomery County Hospice where the caretakers looked after her, and the family, during those final days of need. The kindness and compassion shown by the hospice staff during and after Alice's illness will never be forgotten. It is for other families like ours that I am running for the NHF.
NHF supports the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s quality and research initiatives and works to improve care at the end of life throughout the United States. The foundation funds programs that make a difference in the lives of the patients and families served by NHPCO’s membership of more than 3,400 hospice and palliative care providers and the development of resources, tools, and information to educate and empower individuals to access advance care planning, caregiving, hospice and grief services, and information.
Please consider supporting the NHF so that they may continue to assist families in need across the country.