ACH Foundation celebrates another banner year for Hospice 5K
The sun has set on yet another successful year for Alliance Community Hospital Foundation's "Steppin' Out for Hospice 5K Fun Run/Walk."
The 2012 event, held on the ACH campus at twilight once again, took place Saturday under clear blue skies that melted into a perfect cool summer evening for the nearly 600 runners and walkers participating in the city's biggest 5K walk/run.
"Including the dozens of volunteers who graciously came out to support this year's event, we had well over 650 participants in the race from those as young as toddlers to octogenarians, so hopefully we have found a way to provide a great event for enthusiasts and supporters of all ages," said Patty Kimerer, PWE, ACH PR/Foundation director.
There were dozens more spectators cheering on the throng of runners and walkers, who all gladly supported the event that benefits the hospice department of Alliance Community Hospital.
"It's literally a thrill to see so many people turn out in such spirited fashion all for the good of our hospice program," said Marianne Sevcik, RN, BSN, OB director of ACH and event chairperson.
ACH Foundation Coordinator Jessica Bloss was pleased with the turnout as well. "We are so grateful for the sustained outpouring of support not only for our race but also for our hospice program in general. Our volunteers and the community as a whole are so incredibly giving to hospice, and we cannot begin to express our gratitude," she said.
"We're honored and humbled to care for these patients and their family members, who regularly come back to us as volunteers. They are truly amazing and they become like family to our staff," said hospice Coordinator Sue Barrick, RN.
ACH Hospice works in close conjunction with the Alliance Visiting Nurse Association. Hospice provides a host of bedside and in-home care services, as well as respite care to the terminally ill and their family members. Likewise, AVNA offers many types of skilled health services to home-bound patients. Annually, more than 200 patients in Alliance and the surrounding communities receive hospice care, regardless of their ability to pay for its services.
"This event is always a high point of the year, a time when we come together to celebrate life and one another; it's always reflective and poignant but also a cause for joy," said Barrick.
Particularly elated were the following runners, who took home top honors: Overall Male -- Jonathon Karmazin, of Salem, first place; Zach Bloss, of Beloit, second place; Zachary Daniels, of Sebring, third place; Overall Female -- Mackenzie Scott, of Minerva, first place; Emily Saus, of North Canton, second place; Megan Deichler, of Lisbon, third place; Female Age Group 1-14 -- Olivia Domer, 14, of Alliance; Male Age Group 1-14 -- Isaiah Bloom, 13, of Alliance.
Many companies and individuals supported this year's race, including these main sponsors: Altercare of Alliance Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Inc., Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral and Cremation Service, WKBN/WYFX of Youngstown, The Alliance Review, DASCO Home Medical Equipment, Ohio Pools and Spas, Second Sole, St. Clair-Pavlis Group General Contractors and WDJQ-Q92.
For more information about AVNA Hospice, call 330-821-7055. For a complete list of race results, visit www.achosp.org or visit the ACH Facebook page.