Holy Cross group boosts hospice with $5k donation

WARRENSBURG - High Peaks Hospice has received a surprise donation of $5,000, through a raffle held recently by the Church of the Holy Cross of Warrensburg.

Glenna Aldrich, a member of the church, donated the sum in memory of her mother, Claire Sweet, according to High Peaks Hospice official Sunday Conine.

"We are extremely grateful to the Church of the Holy Cross,\\ and to Glenna, for their support of our mission," said Conine, Development Coordinator with High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care. "During this difficult economic climate with increasing budget shortfalls we rely on the generosity of our many advocates and supporters in our local communities."

The agency provides care regardless of a patient and family's ability to pay. To do so, the agency raises over $410,000 each year to close the gap between Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, what private insurance will not cover, and to cover the uninsured, Conine said.

"We are very appreciative of this gift and what it means to our patients," she said.

High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. is a not-for-profit health care organization that provides specialized end-of-life care to the terminally ill and their loved ones. With High Peaks' help, many patients are able to live out their lives in their own homes with the support of professional staff and volunteers.

For details about High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care, call 743-1672 or visit www.highpeakshospice.com.

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