February 10, 2010
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San Diego Hospice Sets Records with its Inaugural Melisa’s Memorial 5K Walk and Fun Run
Largest number of individuals, teams and money raised for a first year walk in San Diego County
(San Diego) – Not even the rain could dampen the spirits of participants in the first ever Melisa’s Memorial 5K Walk and Fun Run held by San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine on Saturday, February 6, at Liberty Station.
This first ever fundraising walk and fun run set a record for the largest first year event of its kind ever held in San Diego County. More than 1,200 participants on 105 teams raised over $165,000 to support hospice and palliative medicine programs throughout San Diego County.
La Jolla Rotary was the largest single team with 52 walkers, and Team Melisa led all teams in fundraising with $14,590. Shirley Harpenau raised the most money as an individual with $2,760. The “Crooked Halos” team was selected as the most creative. The “Go Getter” Award for the highest number of donations received by one individual went to Marie Bustos with 24 donors.
The event was the dream of Kaye and Richard Woltman, in honor of their daughter Melisa Reasner McGuire. She was a compassionate, caring person who lost her valiant battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in December of 2002.
At the walk’s awards ceremony, Richard Woltman thanked all of the participants. “Melisa died when she was 37 years old. In her young life, she accomplished so much. One of her greatest accomplishments were the relationships she created with everyone she met – because Melisa truly cared about people.”
“That’s why Kaye and I are so proud to have this event in her memory, which supports San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine. For 33 years, the organization has provided their compassionate, expert medical care to help make the most of each moment for as long as life lasts. In the spirit of Melisa’s legacy, all of you are making a difference in the lives of those affected by serious illness through your support of Melisa’s Memorial 5K Walk and Fun Run.”
San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine thanks presenting sponsors Girard Securities, Inc. and Kaye and Richard Woltman, with support from The Jack in the Box Foundation, Barney & Barney LLC, KYXY FM Radio and morning personality Kevin Dean, KFMB TV and anchor Carlo Cecchetto, Gary Kelley and The Kelley Company, Solare Restaurant, Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India, San Diego County Credit Union, Smart & Final, Sunset Press, Res Med, Spice of Life and the hundreds of devoted walkers and their supporters.
NOTE: Photos of the walk are available for download at
About San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine
San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine is one of the 10 largest non-profit hospices in the country, bringing compassionate, expert medical care to more than 1,000 seriously ill adults and children each day throughout San Diego and North County since 1977. For more information, visit www.sdhospice.org or call toll-free 1-866-688-1600.
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