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Release Date: 11/20/2012

'Light Up A Life' Campaign launches to benefit Hospice

Christmas trees are located in lobbies throughout the medical center.

Christmas trees are located in lobbies throughout the medical center.

St. Anthony’s Medical Center’s Charitable Foundation is sponsoring its annual “Light Up A Life” program during December, to benefit St. Anthony’s Hospice and the Fern & Russell F. de Greeff Hospice House Charity Care Fund. Last year’s campaign raised $50,000 from 914 contributors, helping to serve 1,000 terminally ill patients and their families.

Beginning Nov. 26, Christmas trees will be located in the lobbies of St. Anthony’s Medical Center, de Greeff Hospice House and St. Anthony’s Heart & Surgical Pavilion. For individuals who make a tax-deductible donation of any amount, a dove ornament will be displayed on one of the trees. Each ornament will be inscribed with the name of a loved one the donor wants to honor or memorialize. RSP Senior Living, the parent company of The Woodlands Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, has offered to match all “Light Up A Life” donations of $30 or more, allowing new and renewed contributors to provide twice as much care to hospice patients in need.

Donors of $30 and more also have their choice of acknowledgement gifts. Each donor will receive either a ceramic dove ornament embellished with a red satin ribbon and inscribed with the year and name of a loved one or a CD of Christmas music favorites titled “Holiday Treasures” in acknowledgement of their generosity.

St. Anthony’s Hospice program provides end-of-life care in the patient’s home, hospital room or nursing home, provided by specially trained nurses. The de Greeff Hospice House is a unique end-of-life care center, which provides physical, emotional and spiritual comfort to patients and their loved ones during a very difficult time. Terminally ill individuals who have no one to care for them at home can find the care and comfort they need at de Greeff Hospice House, located on St. Anthony’s campus.

For more information on the “Light Up A Life” holiday celebration or if you wish to make a donation, call 314-748-GIFT (4438) or visit www.sacf-giving.org. Contributions may be made in person or by mail at St. Anthony’s Charitable Foundation, 12621 Sunset Drive, St. Louis, MO 63128 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday through Dec. 22.

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