Hospice receives help to Light Up a Life'

PLATTSBURGH The lights upon the Hospice of the North Country Light Up a Life memorial trees now shine bright, thanks to the support of communities across the North Country. In a ceremony held at Champlain Centre Nov. 29, Mayor Donald M. Kasprzak plugged in the lights for the trees as honorary chairman for the 2007 Light Up a Life campaign. The task was one he considered a privilege, he said, crediting Hospice of the North Country for continuing to provide dignity to people with terminal illnesses in their final days. The folks at Hospice the volunteers, the staff those are the people that are important. I cant describe to you how many people I have known with a disease or illness that Hospice has been there for and worked hard for them. Its just a special, special group of people who do this. Theres just no way that I think the public truly, truly understands what you all do, added Mayor Kasprzak. Hospice of the North Country chief executive officer Kent W. Brooks thanked the mayor for serving as honorary chairman this year and further thanked Hospice staff and volunteers who have continued to provide no-cost nursing care, home health aide care and family support services. In Clinton and northern Franklin counties, the area which Hospice for the North Country serves, said Mr. Brooks, approximately 45 patients a day are cared for by the not-for-profit organization. In 2006, Hospice for the North Country cared for 246 patients. This year, to date, the organization has cared for 231 individuals. Your compassion and you drive is an inspiration to our community, Mr. Brooks said of the staff and volunteers. During the event, Mr. Brooks also thanked the many financial supporters of Hospice of the North Country. One in particular was the Clinton County Board of Realtors, which presented the local Hospice with a check for $9,691. The presentation was made by Laura Burns, executive officer of the Adirondack-Champlain Valley Multiple Listing Service; Alan Welch, chairman of the Clinton County Board of Realtors; and other members of the Board of Realtors from proceeds raised by an auction hosted by the board. Hospice of the North Country accepts donations to continue its mission on a regular basis. Donations may be mailed in care of Hospice of the North Country to 43 Durkee St., Suite 200, Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901. For more information, contact the organization at 561-8465.

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