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More Than End of Life

More Than End of Life

For nearly 30 years Hospice of Wichita Falls has been providing end of life care. It's the first thing a lot of people think when you say Hospice, but it's so much more. In fact a large part of that non-profit actually shines a light on living.

     Reagan Underwood said his grandmother was his best friend. So when the family had to make the decision to move her to Hospice care it wasn't easy. 

     While he said her week long stay started with reservations that's not how it ended. 

     "Staff and the doctors at Hospice are truly angels that are walking amongst us. The care and love that they showed not only to my grandmother, but to my family was just unbelievable," said Underwood.

     That love and support made such an impact on him, that he is now giving back in more ways then one.

     Another way the nonprofit is giving back, is with a special focus on pediatric care.

Hospice Executive Director Alisa Echols said the team underwent special training this year for end of life care for kids from newborn to 18 years old. 

     "We had a Cooks Children Unit come and  talk to us about kids they take care of. I don't think we realized how many are living here in the 12 county  area we serve," said Echols.

     Hospice also offers two types of services to all Texoma kids who have lost loved ones, including a 7 week program called Building Bridges and another program called Camp Grin Again. 

     "It's not an 8 to 5 job. I know they pray for our patients at night and call and check to just make sure they get the care they need," said Echols. 

     For Underwood it was Tim, a Hospice staff member and friend that made them feel at ease. Monday and they finally got to catch up so Underwood could say thanks face to face. 

     On an almost daily basis, something happened that was so special that made me realize we were not the first people to be going through this. This is what they do, daily we give blessings for Hospice," said Underwood. 

     Texoma you can help keep the nonprofit going by donating. You can give anytime, but the easiest way starts Tuesday  as the Tree of Lights campaign kicks off. It will get started as the tree gets turned on atop the Chase Bank building.    

     Hospice is looking to raise $200,000 by December 12th.
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