At the 2014 Run for Haven, 700 runners who were feeling lucky and dressed in green participated in the St. Patrick’s Day-themed 5K and 10K and raised more than $24,000 to provide unreimbursed programs and services to patients and families cared for by Haven Hospice in Gainesville and surrounding communities.
Founded in Gainesville in 1979, Haven Hospice is a not-for-profit organization that provides end-of-life and palliative care services to 18 counties in North Florida. Honored and privileged to have served more than 70,000 patients over the past 35 years, Haven has always been committed to providing its programs and services regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.
One hundred percent of the gifts and donations raised in a community Haven serves remain in that community. If you register for the 2015 Run for Haven, here are some examples of how registration fees can support Haven patient care in the Gainesville area:
- Two friends can register early for $25 each. A gift of $50.56 can provide six days of medications and medical supplies for a patient in his or her home.
- A team of six can register early (not including a T-shirt or medal) for $20 each. A gift of $126.18 can provide six days of medications for a patient in a Haven Hospice care center.
- A company that registers its staff of seven the day of the event can register each employee for $45. A gift of $288.34 can cover the average cost for Haven clinical staff to provide two days of care for a patient in his or her home.
Through generous donations from community members and special event participants, Haven Hospice is also able to offer a variety of unreimbursed programs and services in the community.
- Healing Hearts is a grief support and bereavement program offered as a free community service. Individual, family and group bereavement counseling is available with licensed clinical social workers and bereavement counselors. The loved one did not have to be cared for by Haven in order for a griever to participate.
- Camp Safe Haven offers special grief support camps for children, teens and families who have experienced the loss of a loved one, regardless of how that loss occurred.
- Haven understands how important animal companions are to patients. Haven encourages family pet visits at its care centers and offers volunteer pet visits wherever its patients may call home as part of the Haven Pet Visitation program.
- Haven also offers the Pet Peace of Mind® program to help patients complete their end-of-life journeys without worrying about their pets’ current or future needs.
- A “thank you” is a simple gesture. Combine a “thank you” with Haven’s desire to recognize, understand, care for and appreciate the unique needs of the veterans of the United States Armed Forces, and you have the Haven We Honor Veterans program.
- What happens when a person has a serious or life-limiting illness but is not yet ready for hospice care? Haven Transitions provides education and support that can make a world of difference to someone facing a serious illness.
- Haven’s commitment to all its communities extends far beyond providing hands-on clinical, emotional and spiritual care. Haven Hospice also provides education and information on a variety of topics including living wills and advance directives as well as coping with grief and caring for the caregiver.
- In addition, Haven Hospice provides clinical education to future health professionals from area colleges, universities and community colleges by providing students with internships, clinical rotations, course instruction and lectures.
In 2013, Haven spent almost $3 million on unreimbursed and unfunded patient care, family services and programs, community and health professional education and other community support in the 18 counties it serves. Help Haven Hospice fulfill its mission to provide comfort, care and compassion to patients and families by registering for the Run for Haven 5K and 10K Race on March 14, 2015. For more information, visit www.RunforHaven.org or call Stephanie Brod at 352-271-4665.
If you would like to learn more about what Haven can do for you and your family, please ask for Haven Hospice at 1-800-HOSPICE or visit our website at www.havenhospice.org.
WHAT: Run for Haven 5K and 10K Race
WHEN: Saturday, March 14, 2015; Registration opens at 2:30 p.m. and race begins at 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Tioga Town Center, 105 SW 128th St., Newberry, Florida; Race route is through the Town of Tioga
DETAILS: Join us for the sixth annual Run for Haven 5K and 10K, which will begin at the Tioga Town Center and run through the Town of Tioga. The event will feature a 5K and 10K run/walk with a St. Patrick’s Day theme. Runners are encouraged to wear green and participate in our St. Patty’s Day costume contest to win prizes.
The registration fee, dependent on how early participants register, ranges from $25–$45 and includes not only the chip-timed run but a pre-run warm-up, food, drinks, a T-shirt and commemorative medal for the first 700 registered runners, expo booths, live music and an awards ceremony.
Those who do not preregister but want to run will be able to register starting at 2:30 p.m. on the day of the event. All proceeds from the run will remain in Gainesville and the surrounding communities to benefit the patients and families served by Haven Hospice. For more information, visit www.RunforHaven.org or call Stephanie Brod at 352-271-4665.
On the day of the run, Sun Country Sports Center is providing a children’s fun day from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a $20 per child donation. Call 352-331-8773 to pre-register.