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Goodwill shines in our county

Team Willow helps Pasco family of sick toddler Nov. 8 article

Goodwill shines in our county

This was a story about my sweet daughter Willow, the diseases she battles daily and how a community formed a fundraising operation called Team Willow.

I wanted to let my community and the world know that goodwill toward men is not a passing phrase, it exists!

We are your average family. We have always worked hard and love our children. Christmas has always been fun, but this year is different. Not only have we found ourselves with a sick child and in a financial crisis, but for the first time we have found ourselves in the middle of a circle of goodwill. This circle includes people from all walks of life, including our beautiful family, our friends and our community, which includes schools, guilds, Rotary Clubs and complete strangers.

It has renewed our hearts and faith in mankind.

We have received such an outpouring of support it is amazing: strangers holding prayers groups, friends working garage sales and dances, and family members sitting at the hospital for countless hours. We are so very blessed. I have come to the realization that life is what we perceive it to be.

I have a smile on my face and it is genuine. Like so many Americans, a life-changing event has truly changed us. Yes, we have officially lost our house; and yes, we have a child who will face challenges in her life. But because of goodwill, we have changed for the better.

We have managed to keep the lights gleaming, the water flowing, and my babies will be getting a visit from Santa. You always search for a good story. Well, here it is!

Kala Hamilton, New Port Richey

County supports Gulfside hospice

Gulfside Regional Hospice kicked off National Hospice Month in November by receiving proclamations from all city councils, as well as the Pasco County commissioners. Because our mission serves to educate and support the community, we also penetrated the county through various caregiver seminars, educational speaking engagements and family support groups.

It's so important, I believe, to serve a community in need through education and support. We strive to help health care professionals, service providers, business partners, patients, families and caregivers learn about better ways of accessing help for loved ones, and the many benefits of hospice and palliative care. It is our passion to serve, and team members here put their passion into everything they do daily.

On Nov. 8, 801 walkers showed up at Wesley Chapel District Park to hike in memory or honor of loved ones in the third annual Hike for Hospice. That day was truly memorable and uplifting for everyone who participated, and we hope to touch people's lives through the Hike for Hospice for many years to come.

We are blessed and grateful to Pasco County for knowing the care and commitment of Gulfside Regional Hospice, and we will continue to offer the highest quality of service through our extraordinary team of compassionate care providers.

Linda Ward, president and CEO, Gulfside Regional Hospice

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Goodwill shines in our county 12/22/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 4:48pm]
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