Letter: Walk raises awareness of end-of-life issues

On Sunday at 1 p.m., supporters of Iowa City Hospice will gather at Willow Creek Park in Iowa City for the annual Walk for Dignity. Iowa City Hospice is a community-based, not-for-profit hospice organization whose mission is to provide end-of-life services and grief support to anyone affected by a terminal illness, regardless of ability to pay.

Iowa City Hospice receives payment for services from insurance providers, but not all patients have this coverage. The gifts and financial support that we receive from the community allow us to provide the same level of care for everyone, regardless of their coverage. Last year we provided 1,093 days of charity care.

The Walk for Dignity is the primary fundraiser for Iowa City Hospice, but it also serves as an opportunity to raise awareness about end-of-life services, as well as celebrate the lives and honor the memories of loved ones who have died.

This year at the walk, there will be a Time of Remembrance ceremony at 11:30 a.m., which is open to anyone who has experienced a loss.

Iowa City Hospice exemplifies quality care to patients and families, with highly trained and experienced staff. The commitment to quality and innovative care is reflected in all that we do.

Join us on Sunday with our 2017 Honorary Family, the Classy Chassy Cruisers, leading the way at 1 p.m.

Sponsor a team, tie a ribbon in honor of a loved one, or make a tax-deductible gift to Iowa City Hospice. Visit www.iowacityhospice.org for more information.

Todd Means, chair

Iowa City Hospice Board of Directors

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