About Old Colony Hospice
Old Colony Hospice is a non-profit organization providing hospice and palliative care in 45 cities and towns throughout southeastern Massachusetts. Over the last 35 years our team of registered nurses, social workers, counselors, hospice aides, nutritional consultants, and patient volunteers have compassionately cared for thousands of individuals and their loved ones coping with terminal illnesses and end of life needs while preserving dignity and quality of life.
The quote below best reflects the way families feel about the experience they have when they entrust us to care for their loved ones. Maureen's reflection tells our story the best.
“I’ve sat down to compose this note several times and it seems to understate the sincere appreciation and thanks to the staff that I call our lifeline in caring for my mom. The caring, compassion, knowledge, respect, and patience could never be completely understood unless you have experienced the support of Old Colony Hospice workers. Everyone arrived with uplifting smiles and confidence that immediately let us take a deep breath knowing we would be able to achieve the family’s desires to keep mom and dad at home together and comfortable. Thank you, thank you, thank you! As I’ve told so many of you already, dad thinks your organization is the answer to everyone’s problem and I know you were our lifeline!”
~ Maureen, daughter of a patient
Old Colony Hospice is accredited by CHAP - Community Healthcare Accreditation Program.
About This Event
The 16th Stepping Out for Old Colony Hospice Memorial Walk and Inaugural 5k will take place on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Irish Cultural Centre (ICC) in Canton.
NEW this year in celebration of Old Colony's 35th anniversary we have added a 5k to our annual event. We expect more than 1,000 participants to walk or run in memory of a loved one, friend, colleague, or neighbor.
Proceeds from our signature events are used to bring comfort care to each patient we are privileged to serve within our community. Your participation helps support services they need through our alternative therapies program (Pet Therapy, Music Therapy, Reike), Forget Me Not Dementia program, No Veteran Dies Alone program, our bereavement program, and training for patient volunteers.
Minimum donation of $25 for all participating adults, children under 16 receive free registration.
Day of Event Check In: 11:00am-12:00pm
5k Start: 12:00pm
Walk Start: 12:30pm
Post Race Party/Lunch: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Our course takes place on the grounds of the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton and consists of private roads within an industrial park, route is paved and flat. Walk or run safely without worrying about traffic or road closures.
Families with strollers, wheelchairs, or children on bikes are welcome to participate in our walk.
NEW this year! Want a more scenic experience? Choose to walk "Scout's Trail" located in the woods behind the Irish Cultural Centre which is part of the Canton Conservation Commission. Scout's Trail is a 2 mile wooded walk which is well marked, wide, and flat.
T-Shirts will be given on a first come first serve basis to adults (16+) who raise or donate a total of $50 per person ($25 in addition to the $25 registration fee).
Number and "RFID" chip pick-up will be available prior to event day. Participants will be notified of date, time, and location.
RFID Timing Chips
Every participant will receive a bib number for this year's event which will include a state of the art RFID timing chip. These will be included in your registration packet and must be worn for you to be timed and scored.
Post Race Party
Please join us back at the tent for a post race lunch and party, complete with DJ, award ceremony, and other family activities.
The raffle will include a variety of prizes that will appeal to everyone in your family. Tickets will be on sale throughout race day and during the Number Pick-Up.
Prizes will be given for top fundraisers in the team and individual categories. There is also a team spirit award, so be creative!
The Irish Cultural Centre has plenty of free parking on site. Please follow signs that will direct you to the appropriate lots.
Directions to the Irish Cultural Centre are available at www.och2014memorialwalk5k.kintera.org