Hospice needs help to 'light up a life'

PLATTSBURGH - The annual Light Up a Life campaign to benefit Hospice of the North Country is now under way.

The nonprofit organization kicked off the fundraiser Dec. 2 and is hosting a booth at Champlain Centre mall on Smithfield Boulevard to solicit donations. The fundraiser, which also consists of a letter of appeal mailing campaign, will help the organization in its mission to provide end-of-life care to those in need.

This year's honorary campaign chairman is WPTZ Newschannel 5 meteorologist George "Gib" Brown. Brown credited the organization's ability to shoulder the difficulties of end-of-life through its "highly trained and caring individuals who understand the many dimensions of death and dying."

"Dealing with death is a terrible thing and to know that there is a finite time left in someone's life makes it even more difficult," said Brown. "When diseases like cancer and emphysema shorten the lives of loved ones, watching them suffer and knowing that the end is near is the most painful thing for loved ones to endure. Professional Hospice care helps lift the heavy burdens imposed on family and friends."

While Brown said he has not had the opportunity to utilize Hospice's services, he has had several close friends who have gone through the Hospice program and "could not say enough about the caring and professional nature of the Hospice members."

"They offer support at a time when it is most needed," Brown said. "It is why I enthusiastically support the efforts of Hospice."

Last year, in Clinton and northern Franklin counties, the area which Hospice of the North Country serves, more than 230 individuals were cared for by the nonprofit organization and approximately $37,000 was raised for the agency.

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 or 483-3200.

Hospice of the North Country is a member of the National Hospice Organization, the New York State Hospice Association, United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties and United Way of Franklin County.

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