Hospice by the Bay Helps “Light the Night”
The emcee asked everyone in the boisterous crowd at the Oct. 12 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society “Light the Night Walk” in Santa Rosa’s Courthouse Square to lower all of their colorful balloons down to their chests. Then he asked those carrying white balloons symbolizing a survivor of blood cancer to let them rise to the sky. Then the red balloons for supporters. Finally, the gold balloons in memory of loved ones. More than 2,000 helium-filled balloons floated up in the warm late summer night, each tethered to someone who had come to help fund lifesaving research and patient support for individuals and families battling blood cancer.
Hospice by the Bay was there as well, showing our commitment to being a vital and caring part of the communities we serve. Earlier that evening, Bereavement Counselor Gina Carini led the opening Remembrance Ceremony with a communal reading of the poem, “We Remember Them,” by Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Riemer, which concludes, “As long as we live, they too will live, for they are now a part of us, as… we remember them.”
It was an evening of tears, joy, hope and determination. Hospice by the Bay was proud to have played a part, sharing our compassion, our expertise and our support.