Alliance Hospice 5K, pasta dinner slated for Aug. 25

ALLIANCE — When Nancy Yarrow’s son, Harold, fell ill with cancer for the second time in 10 years, Nancy knew that things were different and she needed help. Harold had battled cancer before and after several surgeries, he went into remission. Five years later the Yarrow family received the devastating news that Harold’s cancer had returned. Nancy had heard a commercial about a meeting to learn more about local hospice care and decided to attend. It was there she met current Alliance Hospice Director Sue Antram and decided it was time to ask for help.

After Harold died, Nancy’s mother Mary started to deteriorate as her battle with dementia grew more difficult. Once again Nancy found herself relying on her friends at Alliance Hospice to help her through a very difficult time in her life.

When Nancy’s sister Shirley decided she was done fighting cancer, Nancy knew who to call for help. After several rounds of chemotherapy, Shirley decided to stop treatment, she wanted to travel and enjoy the time she had left. When Shirley was no longer able to care for herself, Nancy moved in with her and with the help of hospice aides, nurses and staff, Shirley was able to pass away in the comfort of her own home surrounded by family and friends. “When Shirley had a hip replacement a couple years prior I knew how uncomfortable she was during her stay in the hospital, so when the time came to prepare for her final days, I knew how important it was for her to be in her home,” said Nancy.

“I don’t know what I would’ve done in all three circumstances had I not found the wonderful people at Alliance Hospice,” said Nancy. “They came in and just gave me the physical and mental break that I desperately needed as the caretaker,” she said.

In addition to providing families with help during one of life’s most difficult times, Alliance Hospice also provides patients with high quality care, emotional and spiritual support. They offer a variety of other services such as chaplain visits, volunteer visits, and caretaker bereavement groups once the patient has passed away. In addition to home care visits, the team also provides care to patients in nursing facilities as well as inpatient settings for those who qualify.

On Aug. 25, Alliance Hospice will host its annual, “Steppin’ Out for Alliance Hospice 5K.” The kids 1K fun run for children ages 10 and under starts at 7 p.m., followed by the 5K run/walk at 7:45 p.m. Participants can register online at achosp.org, or from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 24 at the hospital. Registration is $20 for the 5K and $10 for the kids 1K. Registration will re-open on race day at 4 p.m. with a price increase to $25 for the 5K and $15 for the 1K. Hospice will also hold its annual pasta dinner from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and again from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 24 the hospital cafe. Dinner will include penne pasta and meatballs, salad, 12 ounce drink, roll and cookies. Tickets are $7.50 and carryout is available. All proceeds from the event will benefit local hospice patient care and assist Alliance Hospice in its mission of providing help to families in their time of need regardless of an inability to pay.

Without the support of the generous sponsors, the event would not be possible. Special thanks to Altercare of Alliance, Cassaday-Turkle-Christian, Dr. Richard and Dr. Debra Lehrer, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority, Joseph A. Jeffries Company, Aultcare’s PrimeTime Health Plan, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths and Dougherty Company LPA, American Legion Post 166, Paris Israel Church, Bonfert Glass Company and Penturf Dentistry LLC.

For more information on the event call the Aultman Alliance Community Hospital public relations office at 330-596-7516. For information on services provided by Alliance Hospice call 330-596-7480.

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