Friday, September 28, 2012

Ride 4 Hope - Bicycling Fundraiser coming up October 21

Ride 4 Hope, a bicycling event that supports Hope HealthCare Services, is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 21 in Bonita Springs. The ride begins at Joanne’s House at Hope Hospice, located at 27200 Imperial Parkway, with registration at 7 a.m. The 50-mile ride departs at 8 a.m. while the 25-mile ride departs at 8:30 a.m.

The annual event was established to honor the memory of loved ones, raise awareness and support those with complex needs related to life-changing illness.

Every dollar raised at Ride 4 Hope benefits Hope’s mission of providing exceptional care and support to individuals and their families as they fulfill life’s journey.

Bill Curtis, a longtime Hope volunteer, rides his age in miles each year. Several years ago, he asked friends and family to support him by riding along or donating to his favorite charity – and the idea for Ride 4 Hope was born.

“Bill is an inspiration to the Southwest Florida community,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services. “The ride takes place just before November’s National Hospice Month and provides a great way to remember a loved one. Ride 4 Hope reminds us that the care we provide helps people live life as fully as possible, offers dignity to every individual, and surrounds families with love.”

The $40 rider entry donation includes a Ride 4 Hope T-shirt, gift bag and free safety check courtesy of EA Bicycles during the week of Oct. 11.

Ride 4 Hope event sponsors include EA Bicycles, Walgreens and Spiro & Associates, as well as shirt sponsors Service Painting of Florida and CLA Landscaping.

For more information about Ride 4 Hope, registration or sponsorship opportunities, visit or contact Heather Chester at 239-489-9164.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Grieving Children find hope at Rainbow Trails Camp - October 12-14, 2012

Hope HealthCare Services, dedicated to comfort and support for individuals and families facing life-limiting illness, offers assistance to youngsters coping with the loss of a loved one through its upcoming Rainbow Trails Camp program.

Scheduled Friday, Oct. 12 to Sunday, Oct. 14 at Riverside Retreat, 7305 County Rd. 78 in LaBelle, the free program for children ages 6-16 provides an understanding of the grief process, skills to cope with grief and loss, and an opportunity to memorialize and say goodbye to a loved one.

Campers will depart Hopes’ administrative office at 9470 HealthPark Circle in Fort Myers Friday afternoon and return Sunday afternoon. Upon arrival, kids are introduced to the counselors who are Hope professionals, school counselors, teachers and volunteers who have completed a special Rainbow Trails education series. Camp festivities include creative, stress-reducing activities including crafts, swimming and singing.

“The camp provides a special place for children to interact with others who understand,” said Cape Coral resident Kristi Buck. Kristi’s daughter Molly attended the camp at the age of 10 following the passing of her father, Duane (Butch), who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2007.

Molly explained that the camp was very helpful because she was surrounded by other young people close to her age and in similar situations.

“It was easy to make new friends on the bus trip, at dinner and at the last-day-bash because we all had a loss in common,” said Molly. “The counselors made sure we were comfortable and had a good time. From the bus ride to the closing prayer service, the entire experience is one that I will never forget.”

Children at Rainbow Trails Camp enjoy a variety of activities including musical therapy, arts and crafts. The free program for children ages 6-16 provides an understanding of the grief process, skills to cope with grief and loss and an opportunity to memorialize and say goodbye to a loved one. 

For more information about Rainbow Trails Camp, contact Kay Kelly at 855-454-3104 or visit