SOMC Hike for Hospice to take place on May 19

The 26th annual Hike for Hospice will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19 at the SOMC Hospice Center. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m.

“Hike for Hospice provides our community with a wonderful opportunity to honor their loved ones while making a difference in the lives of current hospice patients,” Teresa Ruby, director of SOMC Hospice, said.

Hike for Hospice also helps raise valuable funds for SOMC Hospice. Participants of the hike raise funds by asking friends to sponsor an amount per kilometer walked or by giving an outright donation.

“The money we generate goes into a fund that helps cover things that might not be covered by a patient’s insurance, if they have insurance at all. For chronically ill patients, for example, the funds can go towards things like electric bills, gas bills and handicap ramps,” Ruby said. “We also celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and accommodate special wishes for our patients.”

Participants can join in groups of three or more, presenting banners, shirts or other forms of team-promotion. Each team willreceive one complimentary 8×10 photo and all hikers and supporters will be eligible for various prizes, which will be presented at the end of the hike.

Hike for Hospice shirts are available and can be purchased in the Hospice Office of the Gibson Building on SOMC’s East Campus. Cost per shirt is $12 for sizes S—XL or $13 for sizes XXL—XXXL in white, orange or teal. Cash, check and payroll deduction will be accepted.

Early registration is encouraged for the event but hikers can also register the day of. For more info, please call 740-356-2643 or 740-356-2653.