On July 1, NHPCO Staff Will Walk 22K through Washington, DC in Honor of Veterans

For Immediate Release:
June 2, 2011

They Will Join Joyce Michel for One of Her “Project 22” Walks for Hospice and Palliative Care Awareness

(Alexandria, VA) – On July 1, starting at 7AM at the Arlington National Cemetery Metro, a team of employees from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization will join Joyce Michel on one of the 22-kilometer walks she is completing this summer. The name of her effort is Project 22—which represents her goal of walking 22 kilometers, 22 times in 60 days.

Joyce is a Philadelphian who lost her husband, Tom, to cancer. With the help of hospice care, the end of his life was a meaningful time for both of them. Hospice also helped Joyce’s sister and father. Joyce says, “I appreciate how hospice and palliative care helped them die well and I am especially thankful for how it helped me prepare for their deaths and for my life when they were gone”

She adds, “It is my hope that the walks give me an opportunity to share my stories, highlight the positive contribution hospices make every day in the lives of so many and clarify how hospice and palliative care enhance the quality of life for patients and families as well.”

The walks start on June 20th and end on August 20th. A complete list of walks is available here. Joyce is eager for people to join her any part of her walks. In fact, on July 1, smaller teams of NHPCO employees will likely rotate in and out of the lineup, so that Joyce always has company, but that no one has to walk the entire 22K (13.6 miles).

“When Joyce approached NHF about partnering with her on Project 22, we immediately thought of how powerful it would be to dedicate one of those walks to the We Honor Veterans initiative,” says NHF Executive Director John Mastrojohn. “It turns out that Joyce’s father was a World War II veteran and his military funeral was of deep comfort to her mother. It was a perfect fit. We are grateful that Joyce plans to make a donation to NHF for We Honor Veterans from the proceeds of her walks.”

To walk with Joyce and NHPCO on July 1, contact Susan Messina, director of communications and special events.

To learn more about Project 22 or to make a donation, visit this webpage.

National Hospice Foundation