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March 23, 2012

CONTACT:

Melissa DelaCalzada, (619) 517-2053-cell; mdelacalzada@sdhospice.org

Media Advisory

Melisa & Kaye's Memorial Walk fundraiser to support San Diego Hospice services
for terminally ill children and adults on Saturday, March 31

When: Saturday, March 31

Schedule of Events:

7:30 a.m. Registration begins
8:15 a.m. Opening Ceremony
8:25 a.m. Fun Run begins / 8:30 a.m. Walk begins
9:00 a.m. Entertainment and Kids Activities and Health Fair and concludes at 11 a.m.

Where: NTC Park, Liberty Station, San Diego (Point Loma area)

What: Third annual Melisa & Kaye’s Memorial 5K Walk and Fun Run

Register: www.sdhospice.org/walk or call 619-278-6441.

Who: Presenting Sponsors are Girard Securities, Inc. and The Kaye and Richard Woltman Endowment; Event Chair is Marty Pendarvis. Entertainment provided by The Kelley Company and The Ballad Mongers. Hosted by San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine.

Since its inaugural year in 2010, Melisa & Kaye’s Memorial 5K Walk and Fun Run set records and continues to break records each year. The event celebrates the lives of loved ones who have died, as well as the lives of adults and children directly impacted by hospice and palliative care programs throughout San Diego County. Along with the 5K Walk and Fun Run, it features a Health Fair and activities for kids.

The walk brings people together to create awareness about San Diego Hospice. The organization provides care to more than 1,000 adults and children each day throughout the county. As a nonprofit organization, San Diego Hospice has never turned a hospice-appropriate patient away because of their inability to pay for care, thanks to donations from the community. San Diego Hospice info is online at www.sdhospice.org.

The walk is named after Melisa Reasner McGuire and her mother Kaye Woltman. Melisa was a compassionate and caring person who lost her valiant battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in December of 2002. Kaye was a brilliant business woman and philanthropist who battled cancer and passed away in August of 2010 and received care through San Diego Hospice. Kaye was committed to San Diego Hospice’s mission and thus made it her mission to promote the work of hospice and palliative care, through her generous spirit and tireless advocacy efforts.

“Be alive to what exists around you. Dream of change, set goals. Make your dreams become realities. Strive and persist. Succeed in making those dreams come true. Yet, throughout all those, always be happy, though never complacent, in and with the present. Appreciate the gifts you have now, for they are many. Now, go and change your world. You can. You only have to try.”
– Melisa McGuire, at age 17 years old.