A hospice “graduate” speaks at 15th Annual Hike and Bike event

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The 15th annual Hike & Bike for Hospice was held at Granger Meadows Park in Dewitt, on Sunday, with over 300 attendees.

To kick off this event, attendees got to hear a unique story from Lisa Farley, a hospice survivor.

“I couldn’t understand why anyone would waste their kindness on me. I was dying so why bother.” Lisa Farley said during her speech.

Farley went through care for two months and with the support of staff and patients, she was released walking and writing again. According to one of Farley’s doctor, hospice patients have a 1% chance of leaving the facility.

Farley, who doesn’t like being called a “survivor”, believes she’s a “graduate” of hospice care to be a voice for previous Sparrow patients.

“I have all the confidence in the world that if they were here to share their experience with you it would be the same as mine. That they never felt afraid or alone, but always cared for and loved.” Farley said to the crowd as she closed off her speech.

Annette Snyder, a committee member for the Bike and Hike, explain how the funds from this event help provide financial support to families who cannot afford care.

“…with the money that we raise, they can stay at the hospice care, because they don’t turn anyone away.” Snyder said.

The Sparrow foundation aims to provide quality care for anyone, regardless of their financial situation.

If you would like more information please visit, sparrowfoundation.org.

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