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Make Every Moment Matter - Join Center for Hospice Care for WALK 2018

Norwich, CT (April 3, 2018) – On Saturday, May 12, 2018, Center for Hospice Care will host its annual WALK at Mohegan Park in Norwich, Connecticut. Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m., opening ceremonies are at 9:45 a.m. with the two-mile walk kicking-off at 10:00 a.m.

Join us, rain or shine, for a fun-filled day featuring activities for all ages including a Kid Zone made possible by Norwich Free Academy’s Project Outreach, refreshments provided by Mohegan Sun, music and entertainment with Franco and 100.9 K-Hits FM, a popular Mother’s Day Plant sale and a prize drawing.

WALK 2018 will raise critical funds to support care for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Funds also make it possible for Center for Hospice Care to provide bereavement counseling to anyone in Eastern Connecticut, free of charge, regardless of whether they have had someone on our program. Last year alone, over 1,500 families received this care.

This year’s WALK spokesperson, Kevin Brown “Red Eagle”, was elected Chairman of the Mohegan Tribe in October 2013. As Chairman, Brown is responsible for maintaining the sovereignty that the Mohegan Tribe fought hundreds of years for, overseeing its numerous business entities and ensuring the well-being of its more than 2,100 Tribal citizens. As Chairman, Brown also serves as Chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA) Management Board which oversees numerous gaming entities across the country, as well as two professional sports teams. Under his leadership, the Mohegan Tribe has made monumental steps forward in its business growth and expanded its footprint worldwide including the future Inspire Integrated Resort in South Korea and a multi-million-dollar non-gaming tourist destination in southeastern Connecticut, creating hundreds of jobs and driving economic growth in the region.

A native of Montville, Connecticut, Brown proudly served in the United States Army, retiring as a highly-decorated Colonel. His 25-year career includes extensive experience in strategic planning, combat leadership, and leading large military and civilian organizations while managing multimillion dollar budgets and forging international relationships.  

Brown is a Doctoral Candidate in Security Studies from Kansas State University, and also earned a Master of Arts in Public Diplomacy from Norwich University, a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Brown serves on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut and Channel 3 Kids Camp, and is the Chairman of the American Heart Association Southeastern Connecticut Heart Walk and the forthcoming National Native American Veterans Memorial at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. He has been awarded the National Indian Gaming Association’s prestigious John Kieffer Sovereignty Award; both the Military Community Support Award and the Board of Directors Special Award from the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut and the Annual Outstanding Leadership Award from the Boy Scouts of America.

“As a career Soldier, I was stationed all over the country and the world, and unfortunately was 4500 miles away in Alaska when my father Mike Brown went into hospice care.  It was doubly difficult for me not being home while my Dad was ill, because I knew that other family members had to pick up my slack. When hospice came on board, it helped the entire family, not just my father.  They didn’t just assist my father in the final months of his life – they GAVE life. The entire family actually had a very positive experience because of the compassion and care that hospice brought to us. Hospice doesn’t just make illness bearable, they breathe life back into those they care for and their family members as well.   We as a family couldn’t have done it alone – we are forever grateful to Center for Hospice Care.” Brown said.

Anyone from the community can walk individually or build their own team of friends, family members, or co-workers. Walk in memory of a loved one or simply come out to support Center for Hospice Care and the over 2,000 patients, families and loved ones served each year. Register and start fundraising by visiting https://www.hospicesect.org/fundraise/walk-fundraising/ . WALK 2018 is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. All proceeds stay right here in Eastern Connecticut helping our neighbors, friends and loved ones. If you cannot join us on that day, you can still raise funds for the event or support a walker. For more information, contact Allison at events@hospicesect.org or call (860) 848-5699.

About Center for Hospice Care

Since 1985, Center for Hospice Care has served more than over 12,500 patients. We are the largest community based hospice in Southeastern Connecticut and the only hospice provider that delivers all the care and services needed by patients and their families – including extended group and individual bereavement counseling to anyone who needs it, free of charge. Our staff is the most qualified and experienced in the field and is augmented by more than 140 specially trained volunteers who provide companionship to our patients and respite to their families. With Center for Hospice Care, every moment matters.

Posted on April 09, 2018

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