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An opportunity for everyone to support Community Hospice will be taking place on Saturday, June 16 at their 11th Walk for Hospice at the University at Albany. Photo Submitted.

An opportunity for everyone to support Community Hospice will be taking place on Saturday, June 16 at their 11th Walk for Hospice at the University at Albany. Photo Submitted.

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Artist JC Parker at work in his Malta studio. He created the image for this year's T-shirts to be worn at the Community Hospice Walk. Photo Submitted.

— For more than a decade, Community Hospice has been helping patients and their families in the Capital Region who face a terminal illness or condition. Every year, the organization assists more than 4,000 patients throughout the area with many levels of care and connects them with necessary resources for end of life care.

An opportunity for everyone to support Community Hospice will be taking place on Saturday, June 16. That’s when they’ll be holding their 11th Walk for Hospice at the University at Albany. Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by a 1.5-mile family friendly walk stepping off on the athletic field at 10:30. Participants should park near the Dutch Quad. There is no registration fee.

“It’s our largest event of the year and really draws from all of our regions that we serve within upstate New York. … A lot of people walk in the memory of a loved one,” said Community Hospice Director of Development Steve Manny. “President George Philip (of the University at Albany) has been wonderful and supportive of the event. It’s a real home for us over there. We’re also so thankful that the community continues to support us so robustly.”

Fundraising efforts like the walk help to support outreach and educational programs and services that are not reimbursed through Medicare, such as bereavement. The group’s hope is to host over 1,000 walkers and to raise $250,000.

Community Hospice serves Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Columbia, Greene and Montgomery counties. Different levels of care including in-patient, at home and in nursing homes are offered depending on a patient’s individual need.

According to Manny, providing the appropriate care and resources to families is best done when the organization is contacted early in the process. This allows for the chance to “gain information on what options are available to them.” He also said that even when somebody is grieving a loss and has not had a family member in hospice care, they can still call the organization for support at no cost.

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