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Hospice Of The Valley's E-News, December 2010


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The following comes to us from Susan Levine, Executive Director of Hospice of the Valley:

Welcome to Hospice of the Valley's December 2010 E-News.

The holidays bring good cheer to Hospice of the Valley -- from a fundraiser run and holiday sale benefiting our patients -- to a seasonal charity campaign featuring our dementia program. We also have included an article with useful tips about moving through the holidays after loss.

Frosty's Run on December 19 Benefits HOV

It may not snow, but that won't stop Frosty's Run from taking place Sunday, December 19 in north Phoenix. Presented by All Distance Running Co., the 10-mile run/walk and two-mile fun run/walk benefit Hospice of the Valley. Entry fees are $30 for the 10-mile run/walk and $15 for the two-mile fun run/walk. There is also a complimentary Rudolph's Dash for children 12 and under. This year's event features an abundance of raffle prizes. One complimentary raffle ticket per entry. Additional tickets are $1 each, six for $5, or 12 for $10. For more information, see 5th Annual Frosty's Run.

White Dove Holiday Sale

You never know what you'll find at HOV's White Dove Thrift Shoppes. Both stores - located in Phoenix and Scottsdale - are offering discounts of up to 50 percent through Christmas. New inventory includes Christmas decor, clothing, furniture, collectibles, jewelry, housewares and other treasures. For more information, visit White Dove Thrift Shoppe Holiday Sale.

Pet Connections Calendar

The 2011 Pet Connections makes a great holiday gift for pet lovers. Each month features a different HOV therapy dog that brings joy and comfort to patients and families. Only $8. See Pet Connections Calendar for a preview and order form. To order by phone, call HOV's Creative Services department at 602.636.6333.

Dementia Program in "Season for Sharing" Spotlight

HOV's Dementia program is featured in this year's "Season for Sharing" promotional campaign by The Arizona Republic and Channel 12. The annual holiday drive raises millions for Valley of the Sun nonprofits, with the Gannett Foundation matching 50 cents on each dollar contributed. To read an article published in The Arizona Republic about one family's experience with our dementia program, see Providing Help to Families Caring for Loved Ones.

Rotary International honors HOV Medical Director Gerrit Terpstra

Gerrit Terpstra, MD, and his wife, Carolee, were honored recently with induction into Rotary International's Arch C. Klumph Society, which recognizes Rotarians who have contributed at a certain level to the service organization's foundation.Dr. Terpstra has served as medical director of HOV's Sun City palliative care unit for eight years. Carolee Terpstra is a retired nurse practitioner. The Terpstras have each served as president of the Sun City del Sol Rotary Club and presently belong to the Peoria North Rotary Club. To read more about how their generous contribution will help others, see Gerrit and Carolee Terpstra honored by Rotary.

Tips for Handling Grief During the Holidays

Living with loss is challenging enough, but it can be especially difficult when families gather together to celebrate the holidays and other special occasions. The HOV Bereavement Department has prepared a helpful article with suggestions for coping with the loss of a loved one during the holidays. To read the article, see Coping with the Holidays and Other Celebration Days.

Wishing you a safe and healthy 2011,

Susan Levine

Executive Director

Hospice of the Valley

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