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Lake hosts ‘Hike for Hospice’ fundraiser

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

People of all abilities have a chance to help support the New River Valley’s only nonprofit hospice Sunday, April 14, by taking part in the fourth annual NRV Hike for Hospice.

The event, which runs 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Claytor Lake State Park, benefits Good Samaritan Hospice. “Good Sam,” as it is often called, provides hospice and grief support to terminally ill patients and their families, regardless of ability to pay.

Hike participants can choose from four skill levels:

• Easy, option one – a .75-mile leisurely stroll on a winding, but ADA accessible, paved path along the lakeshore and around Howe House.

• Easy, option 2 – a .75-mile leisurely stroll along a winding, but ADA accessible, paved path along the lakeshore and to the scenic marina.

• Moderate – a two-mile hike through the woods into hilly terrain around the park.

• Advanced – a three-mile fast-paced hike to a scenic view of the lake and park. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring a bottle of water.

Beside hiking, the event includes lunch off the grill; live bluegrass music by Eastern Divide Band; face painting; a puppy kissing booth featuring Good Sam’s licensed therapy dog, Alf, and his human, Paul; games such as cornhole, horseshoes, jumbo Jenga, etc.; fishing (licenses required), and a moment of reflection and remembrance celebration.

Day-of-event registration and pre-registration check-in begins at 1:30 p.m.

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