Hike for Hospice to remember loved ones

By on September 13, 2009

BATAVIA—The third annual Hike for Hospice, a 5K walk along the Fox River to remember, honor and celebrate loved ones, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, starting at 9 a.m. at the Peg Bond Center, 151 Island Ave. in Batavia.

The three-mile loop takes the scenic north path along the river and crosses over at Fabyan Parkway, then heads south to finish back in Batavia. Walkers are encouraged to form teams with family and friends in memory of a loved one. Each team member will get a badge honoring their loved one, and can also sponsor a portion of the hike course in their memory. All registered walkers will receive a T-shirt, and there will be face painting, massages, refreshments, and prizes for the top prize-getters.

Hike for Hospice is an event for the entire family. Registration fees are $25 for those 13 and over, $15 for those ages 7 to 12, and free for children 6 and under.

Proceeds from Hike for Hospice enable FVVH to continue to provide hospice and bereavement care to the community free of charge. FVVH is a community-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving those with life-threatening illnesses and those who have lost loved ones. In addition to one-on-one support, the agency also offers medical equipment loans, adult and children’s grief support groups, community education on end-of-life care and grief, and a community lending library. Spanish interpretation for all programs is available.

All services are provided free of charge. The agency serves all of Kane and Kendall counties, and parts of DuPage, Cook and McHenry counties.

There are three ways to register: online at www.fvvh.org; by calling (630) 232-2233; or by e-mailing info@fvvh.org.

Photo: A past year’s Hike for Hospice team wore pink boas and walked in memory of Donna Wood, a former nurse at FVVH. Judy Crozier (left to right), Caroline Wedick, Mark Alleman, Ernie Renaud, Wendy Kraska, Carlton Juby and Debbi Jacobs. Courtesy Photo